Reward offered for information about Jeep that ran over sunbather

Attorneys representing sunbather ask for details about Jeep, driver

By Corley Peel - Reporter

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - A reward is being offered for information about a Jeep that ran over a woman sunbathing last week on a Nassau County beach. 

The Law Offices of John M. Phillips announced Wednesday that there is a $500 reward if someone is able to identify the vehicle or its driver. 

The hit-and-run occurred about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Peters Point Park, a beach access off South Fletcher Avenue in an unincorporated part of Amelia Island, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The St. Marys woman, who asked not to be named, said she had gotten off work early, so she went out to the beach. She was lying on a bright-colored beach towel when the Jeep ran over her.

The Jeep, described as a light-colored, late model Wrangler with a black canvas top, was last seen heading toward State Road 200.

The woman was taken to Baptist Medical Center Nassau, where she was treated for injuries to her legs. 

"Her legs were literally run over by the tires, so she’s got crush damage," attorney John Phillips, who is representing the woman, told News4Jax.

Photos provided by attorney John Phillips of sunbather's injuries

On Wednesday, Phillips released an image showing a Jeep that matches the description of the vehicle that left the scene of the accident.

Phillips said if the driver made a mistake, that person should just come forward. Otherwise, he said they plan to seek charges. 

"We want the driver to know that you can come forward, contact me directly. We’ll keep you in a safe space and we’ll understand that it was an accident," Phillips said. "If that driver does not want to come forward, or doesn’t come forward, we’re considering this a criminal hit-and-run and we’re going to seek to have that driver criminally prosecuted, as well as civilly held liable."

Phillips said they are looking for any videos, photos, witness accounts or more details about similar incidents in Nassau County.

"We’re truly looking for a needle in the haystack, which is why we want the public's help," he said.

The sunbather's attorney also asks that anyone with details about the incident call 904-444-4444 or email hitandrun@floridajustice.com

Anyone with information about Thursday's case or the whereabouts of the driver or vehicle involved is also asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-225-5174.

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