Southside hit and run victim asking community for help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An act of kindness took a dangerous turn after one Jacksonville man was hit by a driver on June 28.

Albert Ives, 28, says he does not remember a lot from the crash.

"The last thing I remember, I heard tires squealing and then I woke up in the the median," said Ives.

Ives opened up to First Coast News about his near-death experience, saying it has changed his life forever. According to Ives, he pulled over on Southside Blvd to help two women change a flat tire. But, within minutes, a white Jeep Cherokee crashed and Ives was sent flying into the air. His foot was crushed upon impact. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries to his foot and leg.

"My foot will never be the same. The doctors already told me that. They said they're hoping to get me to walk again soon and I will be lucky if I can run," said Ives.

He has since had two surgeries and there is a rod holding his foot together.

"I almost lost my foot," said Ives. "I had a 70-30 chance of keeping it."

Ives was once a semi-pro basketball player, but now, he just hopes to take his first step in 4 months. He says while the pain of losing his mobility is hard what is harder is not knowing who is the person behind the hit and run.

Florida Highway Trooper Sgt. Dylan Bryan is asking anyone involved to come forward.

"In this case, with this young gentlemen who was struck, I am sure there was someone who saw this incident or witnessed this incident," Bryan.

He says any information is valuable information when it comes to hit and runs.

"We do encourage people to be observant of their surroundings and drive responsibly and provide that information to any type of law enforcement," said Bryan.

Ives wants answers. "Somebody out there right now, knows who did this, but yet the community isn't willing to come forward and tell us who did this," Ives said.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver and another person ran from the scene after the incident. They did recover an iPhone inside the jeep, but have yet to confirm any suspects in the case.

Ives family and friends created a donation page in order to help with his medical bills. To donate: CLICK HERE

Florida Highway Patrol reports: 1,789 injuries as a result of hit and run accidents since 2013. In total, there were a reported 8,579 total crashes reported as hit and runs since 2013 and 19 fatalities.


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