TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A hit-and-run crash in Tampa Sunday night sent a man in a wheelchair to the hospital with serious injuries.
Friends of the victim have identified him as 63-year-old Bernard Smiley. Smiley is homeless and bound to a wheelchair and is said to stay around MLK and Nebraska Avenue.
Charles Jones calls him a good man and one of his best friends.
“I don't have a whole lot of friends, but he was mine. I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Jones said.
Monday afternoon, Tampa police officers were seen going door to door, looking for residents with surveillance cameras. They hope there is a video of the car before, during, or after the crash.
Naturally, they think the car will now have noticeable damage to its front end.
“When you strike someone like that, especially someone in a wheelchair, especially someone with serious injuries, and you do not stay at the scene that’s a serious charge,” said Steve Hegarty with the Tampa Police Department.
While he waits for justice to be served, Jones had this message for his injured buddy.
“Love you, brother. Know I love you. That’s what I would tell him,” Jones said.