TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Sarasota County man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 13-year-old girl in critical condition.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the girl was riding her bike in a crosswalk near a school on East Bay Street in Osprey when she was struck by a dark silver car. The impact would have damaged the front end of the vehicle and the windshield, according to troopers.
Troopers said the driver fled the scene before the girl was taken to an area hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Her name was not released, but officials with Sarasota County Schools confirmed the teen was a student at Pine View School. The school sits less than a mile away from the site where the crash happened Tuesday.
The Highway Patrol said the sheriff’s office got a tip from a concerned citizen, which led them to the suspect, David Chang.
According to troopers, Chang, 65, brought the vehicle in question to an auto repair shop in Tampa. They said he was trying to conceal the evidence. Chang lives about a mile away from where the incident occurred, the Highway Patrol said.
Chang was arrested for fleeing the scene with great bodily injury, fleeing the scene with damage to property and tampering with evidence, according to troopers.