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Caught on camera: hit-and-run driver retrieves bumper before getaway

Posted at 8:33 PM, Mar 13, 2019

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — An accused hit-and-run driver is caught on video taking off from the crash scene, but not before picking an unexpected item off the roadway.

18-year-old Marde Collins was taking her younger sister and another teenager home from Gulf Middle School around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when they stopped at Louisiana Avenue and Madison in New Port Richey.

She says another driver cut across the intersection and slammed into her driver's side door.

"I was stunned," said Collins.

A witness recorded the aftermath of the crash. The video shows the accused hit-and-run driver scrambling in the intersection and picking up his entire bumper before getting away.

Collins expected him to exchange information but what happened next left her in shock.

“And then he runs over, he like looks at me and he was like, ‘sorry my car didn’t turn fast enough,'" said Collins.

The collision damaged Collins' driver door. She can't get in or out of her Jeep on the driver's side.

Her family has filed a police report and hopes the video will help investigators catch him.

“I don’t know what would have happened if he hit me any harder, right on my door," said Collins.

If you have any information about that driver, call the New Port Richey Police Department.