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Sarasota hit-and-run case leaves two in hospital as police search for driver

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 18:36:41-05

Heather and Rickey Brisbois are both at home resting after a long hospital stay from being involved in a hit and run crash.

The Brisbois were riding a motorcycle on US-301 near 9th St. in Sarasota when a mini van hit them head on.

“I’m screaming and crying and the next thing I know, my husband comes over and takes his sweater off, and he tied it around my leg, he probably did save my life and I’ll never stop saying that he’s my hero,” said Heather Brisbois.

The couple had several broken bones. They said recovery is expected to take months.  

Police located the van that hit the couple, but the owner of the van denies having anything to do with the crash.

"We know the van that was involved and we know the owner involved, but at this point it’s been hard to prove that the owner was the driver,” said SPD spokesperson Genevieve Judge.

Judge said they have a search warrant for the van and the investigation continues.

The Brisbois are hoping any witnesses will come forward.

“I don’t want it done to anybody else. We lived, but the next person might not,” said Heather Brisbois.

Family members started a GoFundMe Page for the Brisbois.