MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 17-year-old was arrested on several charges including attempted murder after police say he rammed his vehicle into a man he had gotten into an argument with Tuesday evening.
Bradenton Police were called to a reported hit-and-run along the 8400 block of Manatee Avenue West Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m.
Detectives later learned the teen and the victim, a 35-year-old man, got into a verbal argument before the teen drove away, turned around, and intentionally hit the victim before driving away again. It’s unclear whether the two knew one another.
The teen then left the vehicle and ran away. He was arrested hours later.
“It is unfortunate that people had to witness this last night, but we are grateful for the witnesses that did stay to speak with our officers or contacted us later to speak with officers. The information that witnesses provided to us was really essential in bringing this case to a resolution as quickly as we did,” said Bradenton Police Public Information Officer Meredith Frameli.
Police said the victim suffered several injuries and was listed in “critical but stable condition.”
People who work along the causeway were in disbelief of what took place.
“What type of person would hit somebody intentionally, and then runoff and flee the scene knowing that you could’ve potentially killed that person,” said Austin Nicholson.
The teen was charged with attempted murder, hit-and-run with serious bodily injury, reckless driving with serious bodily injury, and no valid driver’s license with serious bodily injury.
The case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300. To remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip at Manatee Crime Stoppers.