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‘I didn’t know what to do.’ Bradenton hit-and-run suspect explains why he left scene

A Bradenton man charged in a hit-and-run crash on U.S. 41 on Feb. 28, a crash that left a teen critically injured, has been released on bond.

Zachari Brock, 24, was arrested over the weekend for leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a license.

“I’m really sorry about what happened to this kid that was involved in this accident with me,” Brock said following his release. “It could easily have been avoided if I wasn’t driving because I don’t have my license.”

“He came up so fast, I freaked out, I didn’t know what to do, I just got scared,” he went on. “I’ve got a 10-month-old daughter and I haven’t even gotten to hear her say ‘Daddy’ yet.”

The victim, 19-year-old Jackson Kelley, remains in intensive care. His father, Mike Kelley, said the teen has traumatic brain injuries and the recovery process will be slow.

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Zachari Brock Manatee County Sheriff's Office

“His child is healthy. My child is sitting in the ICU and probably will be for a long time,” he said.

Kelley says the outpouring of support from the community has been amazing.

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