Ana Ayala: 2013 PBC fatal hit and run accidents reach 2012 total
7:11 PM, Jul 22, 2013
10:15 PM, Jul 22, 2013
SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sherwood Forest Boulevard is the latest hit and run accident scene in Palm Beach County.
This time it has put 49-year-old Ana Ayala in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.
"That's really sad," Carol Witt said. "You just hit someone and drive off like that? That's wrong."
The accident happened just about a mile away from where Ana Ayala lives.
Since New Year's Day, there have been 1,970 hit and run accidents, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The agency reports there have been 6 fatalities, which is the same amount of fatalities that resulted from hit and run accidents all of last year.
"People just don't care anymore and that's really, really sad," Witt said. "You're in more trouble leaving the scene rather than just stopping and helping. I just don't get how you could not stop and help."
In Ayala's case, investigators say they picked up a side mirror as well as yellow plastic from the right corner marking light of the car.
Investigators believe the car is a four door gold Hyundai Sonata.
It is believed to be made any time between 1999 and 2004.
Detectives say it should have windshield damage, a missing mirror and a broken headlight.
"They had to know they hit them," Witt said. "I mean you just don't hit something like that and not know you hit them."
The only way Witt said they wouldn't know is the fact it is really dark at night on Sherwood Forest Boulevard considering there aren't any street lights.
"At night time outside, it's pitch dark out here," Witt said. "You can't even see your hand in front of your face."
Even if the driver didn't see Ayala, they would have heard that they hit somebody, which should make the person come forward and turn themselves in, Witt said.