HOLIDAY (FOX 13) - A teen from Holiday got a pretty special gift on Saturday, though it could be a while before he's able to use it.
The Rotary Club and YMCA of Palm Harbor teamed up to donate a new bike and helmet to 14-year-old Johnny Walsh, Jr., who was thrown from his bike earlier this month when a hit-and-run driver smashed into him.
Miraculously the teen survived without even breaking a bone, but his bike didn't come away unscathed. So members of the community decided to step in and help out.
"We were all so mesmerized by that video. As a parent myself to watch a child get thrown while on his bike just made us all want to really do something for the family," said Randy Nilson, incoming president of the Rotary Club of Palm Harbor. “ It’s just something from our heart that makes sure that he understands that he's got love all around him, that he's got organizations and people that want to support him."
The teen's mom says her son is still recovering from the collision with physical therapy, but Johnny and his family say they have a lot to be thankful for.
"I'm just so thankful for everyone who's getting together to help my son and thank god he's still with us," said Tammy Rook.
Several arrests were made following the hit-and-run crash. The owner of the SUV involved, Samantha Henry, was charged with filing a false police report that her vehicle was stolen.
After finding the SUV ditched in a wooded area, police arrested her boyfriend, Christopher Try, who they say was behind the wheel.
Authorities are still looking for his passenger, Kevin Wilson. Florida Highway Patrol says additional charges for Samantha Henry and another woman involved are pending.