Hit and run victim in critical condition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A hit-and-run crash on Main Street Tuesday left a 31-year-old motorcyclist in critical condition Tuesday.

Less than a day later, JSO arrested the suspect who allegedly left the scene.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. near Andrew Jackson High School in the 3500 block of North Main Street.

Jeffrey Morrill was driving his motorcycle north on Main Street when a green Jeep Grand Cherokee driving south attempted to turn left and pulled in front of him, according to JSO.

Morrill, 31, collided with the passenger side of the Jeep. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries.

Witness Anthony Smith said it was an extremely graphic scene.

"They turned him over and you couldn't see his face. God knows you couldn't see his face," he said.

Smith was one of several people in the area at the time. The crash was also caught on surveillance video that First Coast News obtained from Steve's Tire Empire.

The video shows the collision from multiple angles and the Jeep briefly pulling into a convenience store parking lot.

The driver is seen exiting the SUV for a brief while before getting back in and driving away.

Owner Steve Landers said his cameras have never caught anything so violent. "I've seen a lot of accidents and that was the most horrific."

The driver of the Jeep then fled the scene east on E 27th Street, according to JSO. Authorities located the Jeep Tuesday night but no driver.

JSO announced the arrest of a suspect, Carlton DeCosta, just after noon Wednesday. DeCosta is charged with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury.

JSO says Morrill is not expected to survive.


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