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Driver accused of hitting tow truck operator, driving away, turns himself in (FL)

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS12) — The driver accused in a weekend hit and run that put a tow truck operator in the hospital is facing a criminal charge.


Port St. Lucie police said the crash happened on N.E. Airoso Boulevard, Saturday morning at 12:30 a.m.


The 46-year-old victim was parked in the right northbound lane, and unloading a car, when the suspect crashed into him and the tow truck.


But then, the suspect drove away from the scene and did not help the victim.


The tow truck operator was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.


Sunday evening, Jacob Andrews of Ft. Pierce turned himself in.


Officers said the 29-year-old suspect panicked and went home, where he hid the vehicle on the side of his house.

Andrews was taken from the police department to jail and charged with hit and run involving serious bodily injury.

He was released before 5 a.m. Monday in lieu of $2,500 cash bond.


Police want to remind everyone that the state’s Move Over Law requires drivers to move over a lane when possible, or slow to 20 mph less than the speed limit.


It applies to law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility, tow trucks, and maintenance or construction vehicles on the side of the road.


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