4:25 P.M. — In addition to the $1,000 reward being offered by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the Lee County Sheriff?s Office has also announced that Waste Pro is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest in this morning?s hit and run that injured a pedestrian in North Fort Myers.
A Waste Pro driver was struck by a vehicle while retrieving garbage from the roadway. He suffered injuries to his leg and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery. The suspect vehicle never stopped and continued west on Laurel Drive.
2:23 p.m. update
At 9:18 a.m. today, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a hit-and-run crash. The incident occurred on Laurel Drive near Garden Street in North Fort Myers.
According to the sheriff?s office report, a waste management driver had exited his vehicle to retrieve garbage from the opposite side of the roadway.
While crossing, 49-year-old Eribert Jeannis of 704 Neil Ave., Lehigh Acres, was struck by a car traveling west on Laurel Drive.
The impact knocked Jeannis to the shoulder on the south side of the street. The driver of the vehicle did not stop. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Hospital suffering from injuries to his leg. He is undergoing surgery at this time.
Due to the nature of the incident, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit was assigned to investigate.
So far, the vehicle and driver leaving the scene have not been located or identified. The only description available, at this time, is a white or brown, 4-door vehicle driven by a male.
If anyone can identify the vehicle or driver, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 dollars, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.