Man, 37, arrested in near-deadly hit-and-run

The name of the victim has been released, 18-year-old Mathew Ryan Malonev of Orange Park.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A man was hit by a car that drove off while crossing Blanding Boulevard in Clay County Monday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Authorities said the victim, identified as 18-year-old Mathew Ryan Maloney, was taken to UF Health with life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred around 8 p.m., FHP said, and involved a stolen car.

About two hours before the crash, Clay County authorities said a 1998 Buick had been reported stolen.

Officials said they believe the car had a red light when it blew through the intersection, hit the man and then took off.

Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office later found the Buick LeSabre damaged and abandoned less than a mile up the road in Duval County.

Police have arrested Eric Kenneth Roenisch. 37, in connection to this crime. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury and driving while his license was suspended, and grand theft, according to FHP.

The vehicle's owner identified Roenisch as the man taking the car for a test drive when it was stolen, according to an arrest report. A police K-9 unit tracked the suspect's scent from the vehicle to a nearby hotel, where police spotted a man matching the suspect's description, the report said. Roenisch allegedly had glass fragments and blood on his clothes at the time of his arrest.

All lanes of northbound Blanding Boulevard at Wells Road were blocked for a several hours after the crash.


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