FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Hours after a woman sun bathing on a Nassau County beach was run over Tuesday afternoon, police arrested the man they believe was driving the Jeep that hit her and kept going.
The hit-and-run happened about 1:30 p.m. in an area just east of where the sand drops off toward the ocean at Seaside Park near Sadler Road.
According to the Fernandina Beach Police Department, a 53-year-old Akron, Ohio, woman was run over by a silver Jeep Cherokee.
The woman, identified as Susan Jakuszewski, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville to be treated for three broken ribs and a blood clot in her chest. She was listed in good condition at last check.
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Police said the driver of the Jeep took off despite being told by a witness that he had run over a sunbather.
“The lady said, ‘Stop. That guy just ran over me.’ He got stuck right here. He just kept trying to go up, but one of the witnesses came over and said, ‘Did you know you just ran someone over?’ And he just kept going,” Jessica Davila, who witnessed the incident from about 30 feet away, told News4Jax.
The Jeep was identified by its Florida tag and tracked to a home on Pirate’s Way, less than a mile from where the woman was hit on the beach.
Police said they learned that the owner of the Jeep arrived just minutes before officers and hurried to park his vehicle in the garage of the house next door.
The man refused to respond to police attempts to talk to him for more than an hour but eventually agreed to come outside when asked by the homeowner, according to police.
After he was questioned, police arrested Gregory Lee Green on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond. Read more.
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