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'He is a fighter': Family friend asks for public's help with tips after hit-and-run crash

Hillsborough detectives located vehicle involved in crash
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Posted at 5:31 AM, Dec 13, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle of interest they say hit a bicyclist in an intersection and left the scene.

Brandon Sechrist, 24, remains hospitalized and on life support after the crash.

His family does not understand how someone could leave the scene of the crash.

"Everything in darkness does come to light and you cannot hide long. Everything comes out," said Summer Ulman, a family friend. "No one stopped. No one did anything. They just kept going and he's 24 years old and someone should speak up with some information."

Detectives say the crash happened on Saturday at 11:45 p.m. The vehicle was traveling southbound on Williams Road and hit the bicyclist at the intersection of Williams Road and Old Hillsborough Avenue.

Detectives were searching for a 2006-2010 red Jeep Commander with damage to the driver's side and possibly the front end. On Monday night, detectives said they located the vehicle of interest.

"Brandon has suffered many injuries, broken bones and he's had some operations on his skull done to relieve the pressure. He is stable. He is not declining," said Ulman. "He is in critical and he is a miracle. He is a fighter."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office immediately at (813) 247-8200.