Stanton, Orange County – A $5,000 reward is being offered to help find the driver responsible for injuring an autistic man who was involved in a hit and run incident. Jeff Bell, 24 remains hospitalised.
Authorities in Orange County have released graphic surveillance footage of the crash with the hope that the public could identify the driver.
The incident took place on April 23, 4 Southern California News report that the vehicle was a bright, teal metallic GMC single cab pickup truck.
Mr Bell was crossing the street near Chapman Avenue and Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton.
his father Michael Bell said:
“He got the staples out yesterday and he has a pretty gnarly scar, but it’s in the hairline fortunately and his face was spared,”
Mr Bell continued to say that his son is autistic and was transfering from one bus to another when he was hit. He was going to work at an Office Depot warehouse in Garden Grove.
“Dealing with being in the hospital is difficult for a typical man, but throwing in autism it’s a lot harder to cope.”
The victim was in critical condition when he was first taken to a hospital.
The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Tom Dominguez, the union’s president said:
“It is a miracle Mr. Bell managed to survive this. We hope that someone will have the courage to do the right thing and identify the driver who seriously injured this young man.”
Anyone who can help with the investigation was asked to call (949) 425- 1864. Anonymous tips may be phoned in to (855) TIP-OCCS, or (855) 847-6227.
The news article on the 4 Southern California website can be seen here