Friday, March 30, 2012

FHP searching for Bradenton Hit-and-Run Driver Who Gravely Injured Motorcyclist John McKinnon at Intersection of 26th Street West and 38th Avenue West.


BRADENTON HERALD MANATEE -- More than a week after a hit-and-run crash in Bradenton, John McKinnon is still recovering from his injuries and the wanted driver remains unknown. On the night of St. Patrick's Day, McKinnon, of Bradenton, was heading home on his Kawasaki motorcycle after hanging out with some friends at a bar.

McKinnon was riding behind his girlfriend's car. As he headed north on 26th Street West, a car heading south made a left turn on 38th Avenue West without seeing McKinnon, causing a collision so strong that McKinnon was ejected and his helmet was ripped off.

The driver sped off, leaving McKinnon and his mangled motorcycle behind. The Florida Highway Patrol is now searching for that driver and the car. The 27-year-old was taken to Blake Medical Center. His injuries include cuts on his face, four broken ribs, a fractured arm, and "too many stitches to count," McKinnon said. He has no insurance. "It's just a nightmare," he said.At the time of the crash, there were no witnesses, said FHP trooper Barbara Ehrhart, who is investigating the case. There is no surveillance video at the intersection.

Two days after he was released from Blake, McKinnon's girlfriend was working when she overheard someone talking about how he and a friend spotted a smoking, heavily damaged car just two blocks away from the accident scene that night. Ehrhart interviewed the witnesses, who said the car was a white older-model Oldsmobile with a dark blue or dark-colored top. "It's a pretty good guess that this is probably the vehicle involved," she said.

Ehrhart said anyone who spots the car should take note of the license plate number and a description of the driver. The car will have front and right side damage and the driver will be charged with leaving a scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and violation of right of way. Anyone with information on the hit and run is asked to call Ehrhart, 941-751-8350, ext. 31763, and leave a message.

The driver is reported to be a white male 50 to 60 years old, he was last seen heading east on 38th Avenue W towards Bayshore on the Lake Apartments and then turning right on 24th Street West heading toward Cortez Ave behind Home Depot. The vehicle had heavy damage to the front end and was a older model white Oldsmobile, 2 door, with a blue or dark top, see map CLICK HERE. You can run and you can hide but we will find you.

ATTENTION Body Shops and Repair Shops in the Bradenton Fl area did you work on an older white Oldsmobile with a blue top after March 18th, 2012? The car would have had heavy front end damage and possible damage to the radiator, the vehicle appears to be owned by a white male in his 50's to 60's and was involved in a hit and run that left a motorcycle rider laying in the street with serious injuries.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at