Poinciana driver arrested after fleeing from crash that left 11-year-old child with broken leg, deputies say

A child was hospitalized with a broken leg after a Poinciana driver crashed into the 11-year-old and fled. The man behind the wheel was arrested, deputies said.

The incident occurred Tuesday around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Side Drive and Rio Grande Canyon Loop.


According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the suspect fled in a dark-colored Toyota 4-Runner, but deputies said they quickly located the vehicle and identified the driver as 66-year-old Pierre Carmelo Jacinthe of Poinciana.

A view from SkyFOX shows crime scene tape draped around a home on Rio Grande Forest Lane following the crash.

At 10:45 a.m., officials said Jacinthe turned himself in at the Davenport Police Department.



"We believe he was returning home from a long night working at a distribution center, and then fled the scene," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We also have video of him driving through grass and someone's front yard."

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