Teen in terrible U.S. 41 crash continuing to recover at rapid pace

Hit-And-Run victim recovering

SARASOTA (WWSB) - We have an update on the teen victim of a hit-and-run in Sarasota earlier this year.

Jackson Kelley’s father sent a photo to ABC7 and told our staff that his 19-year-old son is back on the court playing basketball with his old teammates. Kelley was on the team when he attended Lakewood Ranch High School and was a student at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at the time of his accident.

The Neuro Surgeon says Kelley is in the one percentile of people with his injury to be where he is.

Kelley was injured in a crash on U.S. 41 in Sarasota on Thursday, February 28 that was caught on video:

VIDEO: Car flips multiple times into hotel’s parking lot after collision on U.S. 41

It happened around 7:45am outside the Lantern Inn & Suites at U.S. 41 and Pearl Avenue in Sarasota. Video from Jim Gill shows a 2003 Kia Sedona stopped facing south on U.S. 41, waiting to turn left into a gas station, before it turns in front of a 2018 Audi A3 heading north.

Kelley attempts to swerve from the van’s path, but the van continues into the far right lane, colliding with the left rear of the Audi, which overturns and flips several times in the Lantern Inn & Suites parking lot.

The Audi hit a parked vehicle, pushing it into a second parked vehicle, before hitting a concrete wall and coming to a rest on its roof.

Kelley suffered critical injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the Kia Sedona fled the scene traveling north on U.S. 41.

On Friday, March 1, Florida Highway Patrol impounded the van involved in the crash but did not make any arrests in the case until Saturday, March 2 when 24-year-old Zachari Brock was taken into the custody.

He was charged with two felonies, including leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a valid license, and was given a traffic citation. He has since been bonded out of jail.

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