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Hit-and-run vehicle identified

April 3, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Further investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office in a crash has resulted in the recovery of car parts, indicating that the hit-and-run vehicle was a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis.

The color of the vehicle may be white, gray or silver. The car will be missing an outside passenger's mirror, but the mirror case/housing should be relatively intact.

It also should have some damage to the front, passenger's bumper or wheel well.

At about 1:13 a.m. March 24, the LCSO received a call about possible shots fired in the 4700 block of Leonard Boulevard.

Deputies responded to the area and located Salvador Burmudez Levid, 22, on the shoulder of the road with severe possible life-threatening injuries.

An investigation revealed that Levid was riding his bicycle eastbound on Leonard in the westbound lanes. He was in the middle of the roadway and had a small headlamp on and was also wearing headphones.

A vehicle was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Leonard at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle slammed on the brakes, causing the vehicle to skid westbound.

The vehicle then re-entered the westbound lanes as it approached Levid. The driver attempted to change direction to avoid hitting Levid, but was unsuccessful.

The vehicle struck Levid, and the impact vaulted Levid and his bicycle in a northwest direction. The vehicle fled without rendering any aid to Levid, who had sustained severe and possible life-threatening injuries.

Levid was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital. Levid remains in critical condition at the hospital.

Anyone who may have seen the vehicle or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle or driver can call the LCSO at (239) 477-1000. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS.

Tips may also be made online at:, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (234637) Keyword: REWARD.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office



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