Hit and Run Suspect Says Victim Was Intentionally Pushed, Fled to Find Person Responsible
BROOKSVILLE – A Brooksville man is charged with a hit and run after he struck a woman who was crossing Howell Ave and fled the scene.
The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at the intersection of Howell Ave and North Broad Street (US-41). That’s where officials say 59-year-old Helen Miller crossed Howell Ave and was struck by a car driven by 55-year-old Melvin Stevenson. Witnesses asked Stevenson to call 911 but he claimed that he didn’t have a cell phone and fled the scene. A Sheriff’s Deputy located Stevenson and his car in a ditch on Yontz Road a short time later.
During an interview with a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Stevenson claimed the victim was intentionally pushed into the path of his vehicle. Stevenson says he left the scene to try and locate the suspect.
Stevenson is charged with 1-count of Hit and Run with Injuries is currently behind bars at the Hernando County Jail.
Stevenson is held without bond, due to violating probation from a 2017 domestic battery charge.
The victim was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital with what sources say are injuries to her leg and head.
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