Red light cam catches SUV sideswipe family in median

By Josh Rojas, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014, 12:11 PM EST

Tampa Police are looking to identify a driver they say ran a red light and sideswiped a family of four trying to cross the street on Sunday afternoon.

Police say the family was attempting to cross Nebraska Ave E. while standing on the median at Fowler Avenue when a black or dark colored SUV sideswiped them.

Police said the vehicle continued southbound on Nebraska Avenue and then turned eastbound on 109th Avenue. The driver, who police said was either a white or Hispanic woman, never stopped to render assistance.

Angela Wilson, 43, now needs a walker to get around and her daughter's limping from her injuries. Wilson said she took the brunt of that impact and has this message for the hit-and-run driver.

"You didn't stop. You didn't even care whether we was hurt or dead. I have a broken pelvic bone. I don't have just no scrapes and bruises,” Wilson said.

Wilson said she tried to react but it happened too fast.

"By the time I looked I tried to run, it was all over with. I was up in the air bouncing and the next thing I know I was laying on the ground, couldn't move,” she said.

The Wilson family's luck is getting even worse. We found the family getting kicked out of the motel they were staying.

Wilson said she doesn't have a job and they ran out of money to pay for the motel. The mom said the injuries from the accident are making life much more difficult.

"I can't go to the doctor, I can't take my children to the doctor, I can't do nothing for my children and psychologically that is bothering me so bad." 

She hopes the driver is found soon and has insurance.

Wilson said this is the second time in the past month that she's been hit while walking on Fowler.

A search of the area was conducted for the vehicle, but it was not found. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tampa Police Department.