Update: As an update to the Poinciana hit-and-run crash from earlier today, Pierre Carmelo Jacinthe was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries (F2) and Tampering with Evidence (F3). He told detectives that he struck the child by accident, panicked, and then fled the scene. He then hid his vehicle in the garage at his residence where detectives located it.
“I’ve said it before, if you are involved in a crash, stop and call law enforcement. Leaving the scene of a crash is unacceptable. Thankfully, the 11-year-old should make a full recovery, but the driver now faces felony charges. If he would have just remained at the scene, he might not have been charged with two felonies.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff
Original Press Release
In response to your inquires, the PCSO Traffic Unit is investigating a hit and run traffic crash involving an 11-year-old pedestrian. The child has a broken leg and was transported to a hospital to be treated for the injuries.
The crash occurred around 8 a.m. this morning, November 15, 2022 at the intersection of Cedar Side Drive and Rio Grande Canyon Loop in Poinciana. The suspect fled the scene in a dark colored Toyota 4-Runner. Deputies quickly located the vehicle and identified the suspect as 66-year-old Pierre Carmelo Jacinthe of Poinciana. Around 10:45 a.m., Jacinthe turned himself in at the Davenport Police Department.
This investigation is still on-going.