Driver hits car, lawn service worker in Westside Jacksonville neighborhood

Lawn service worker taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A driver fled on foot after she struck a car and a lawn care worker in a Westside neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

It happened just before 5 p.m. on Miss Muffet Lane. According to the Sheriff's Office, the woman hit a car and then drove off. The driver of the car she hit wasn't injured.

The woman then struck a pedestrian before hitting a fence and running off, the Sheriff's Office said.

The pedestrian, a lawn care worker, was standing near his truck when he was struck, the Sheriff's Office said. It's unclear how old he is. His injuries were said to be life-threatening.

Misty Burgess and her husband, Angel Feliciano, told News4Jax they ran outside their home after hearing a loud boom and then held the man, who had been getting ready to start a job when he was hit, as they waited for first responders to arrive. 

"We see that the leg is severed," Burgess said. “He kept his head propped up until we could get him a pillow to keep his head off the asphalt and then they had the blankets and sheets wrapped around the one leg. He said that the other leg looked pretty damaged just as bad.”

All they could do was pray that the man would make it through.

“I was just saying to 'Keep calm. Jesus is with you,'" Feliciano said. "Just tried to keep him calm because I didn’t want him to look down.”

There was no description of the driver who ran off. 

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or by sending an email to jsocrimetips@jaxsheriff.org. An anonymous tip can be made to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-845-TIPS.

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