A man flew 15 feet into the air from his motorcycle after being struck by a dark-green Jeep Cherokee, according to witnesses at the scene.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the Jeep left the scene after failing to yield to the motorcyclist about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 27th and Main streets.
The motorcyclist was northbound on Main when the Jeep pulled out from 27th Street, police said.
The unidentified man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, sheriff’s spokesman Christian Hancock said.
Sam Andrews, 49, said he was two cars behind the motorcycle when it was hit. He didn’t see the actual collision but saw the man somersault in the air. He said the Jeep pulled into Moonshine Food Store, and the driver got out of the vehicle and put his hands on his head.
Andrews said he thought the man was going to stay, but he got back into his Jeep and sped away.
“He didn’t even hit his brake lights going around the corner,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office said about 7:30 p.m. that the vehicle had been located but didn’t indicate if the driver was as well.
Police seek woman
Police are looking for a woman for questioning in connection with a July 5 hit-and-run fatality on Third Street North, a month after a man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Janelle Marie Davis on charges of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact, police said. Efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful.
Daniel B. Stein was struck about 1:45 a.m. by a black Mercedes-Benz as he crossed Third Street on foot in the 1400 block. The car was found on Landing Lane in Neptune Beach and traced to Darrell DeJuen Lundy, 40, of Jacksonville, police said. He turned himself in July 23 and remains in the Duval County jail in lieu of $350,000 bail, according to jail records.
Anyone with information on Davis can contact police at (904) 270-1661.
Tire hauler jailed
for lacking license
A Branford man with a history of creating waste tire dumps has been charged in Clay County with twice hauling tires to an Orange Park business without having a license to do the work.
Richard Allen Evans, 48, remained jailed Tuesday on two charges of failing to get a permit to haul 215 waste tires to Tire Place on Blanding Boulevard in two trips in May, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Evans’ state permit to haul tires was not renewed after it expired in 2013 for “failure to clean up several waste tire sites,” according to the investigation.
Spokeswoman Mary Justino of the Sheriff’s Office said the owner of Tire Place believed Evans had the proper permit.
“What we would prefer is tire companies ask to see the permit,” she said. “What we want to prevent in Clay is what has happened in other counties.”
Evans has been investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
In 2013 in Duval County, Evans was found guilty of failing to obtain a permit in a Wildlife Commission case and in Lafayette County entered a no-contest plea to failure to obtain a permit for a waste tire facility.
Man shot twice in mobile home park
A 27-year-old man was shot twice Monday night in the Alhambra mobile home park at 3801 St. Johns Ave in Palatka, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called about 10:15 p.m. and found the man. He said someone had come to his door and shot him in the right shoulder and right hip, the Sheriff’s Office said. The victim was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center, then airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.