ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Petersburg Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying the driver in a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist.
- Biker struck by white Chrysler in St. Petersburg
- Steven Weldon sustained non-life threatening injuries
- Driver drove off before the cops arrived, Weldon said
Authorities say a white Chrysler Sedan struck Steven Weldon on November 1 while he was crossing 49th Street on the Pinellas Trail. He said he was riding his bike to work through the blinking crosswalk when he was struck.
Surveillance video shows the cringe worthy collision. Weldon can be seen riding his bike through the crosswalk, into the roadway, he then throws his hands up and was mowed down by a white Chrysler.
Weldon said the video is hard for him to watch without choking up.
“Once I see it like, I’m like, I don’t know. I mean I’m like... he hit me for real,” he said. “I look up like, 'You’re not gonna stop.' The other guy just clips me.”
Weldon said he has some painful injuries physically and mentally.
“This wrist is just fractured, not bad maybe a month or so to heal. This one was pretty much destroyed,” he said.
Weldon described what happened as soon as he was hit. He said when he was hit, the driver initially stopped to see if he was okay.
“I said, 'Man, don’t worry about it. I’m just lucky to be alive. Don’t worry about it, it’s gone be okay. I guess that’s when he panicked because I was okay. The only thing wrong with me is my wrist and my ankles looking pretty bad, but other than that I’m okay. He left," Weldon described.
The driver reportedly didn’t stick around to talk to cops after the crash, but cops say they want to talk to him now.
Weldon also wants that driver to come forward and he has a message for him.
“Just man up. I’m okay, all in all you know I’m okay. It’s not as bad as you think it is,” he said.
Weldon said he hasn’t been able to work since being mowed down in this intersection. He has a message for bikers crossing: check and then double check before crossing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 727-893-7780.