By JESSICA DE LEON
MANATEE — A 27-year-old woman was arrested after a hit-and-run crash Thursday left a motorcyclist battling for his life, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
At about 6:30 a.m. the 53-year-old Bradenton man was heading south on 15th Street East approaching 57th Avenue East when he collided with the car whose driver was attempting to turn left onto 15th Street East.
The motorcyclist, who was taken to Blake Medical Center, was not expected to survive, according to FHP Trooper Barbara Ehrhart.
As of late Thursday afternoon, however, he was reported to be in critical condition, according to a news release.
Antonia Martinez, 27, was arrested and charged with violation of a right of way, having no proof of insurance, leaving the scene with serious bodily injury and not having a valid driver’s license. Booking information was not available on the Manatee County jail website.
The accident was been handled as a traffic homicide as a precaution, according to FHP Lt. Brannon M. Snead.
Daniel Thrush was working nearby and had walked to a corner convenience store when he witnessed the accident.
“She ran through the red light to try and make the turn signal,” Thrush said. “He drove right into the front of the car.”
The 2003 Yamaha Venture struck the right passenger side of the silver 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and then overturned onto its right side. It slid 36 feet then before coming to a final rest, according to the FHP report. Thrush and other bystanders ran to the motorcyclist’s aid, he said.
The driver of the car, meanwhile, abandoned her vehicle in a parking lot in the 1400 block of 57th Avenue East and took off on foot to a nearby family member’s home. Family brought her back to the scene about 30 minutes later.
“She was freaking out. She said she heard a loud noise but she didn’t know she hit someone, “ Thrush said. The driver, however, did see the victim on the ground, he said.
“She got out and turned looked at the body,” Thrush said. “She put her hands on her head and ran.” The road was reopened at about 10:30 a.m. after the scene had been cleared.
Martinez did not suffer any injuries. "She got out and turned looked at the body," Thrush said. "She put her hands on her head and ran."
The road was reopened at about 10:30 a.m. after the scene had been cleared.