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Hit-and-run suspect who injured 80-year-old grandmother also charged with church burglary, vandalism

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 23:38:26-05

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that sent a local grandmother to the hospital.

Investigators say Daniel Kersey, 32, crashed a Volkswagon Jetta into a golf cart driven by Gloria Slowiak, 80, of Bradenton. It happened December 27 on 8th Street East in Bradenton while Slowiak was retrieving her mail from the mailbox.

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Newly-released pictures show Kersey left the Jetta after the crash and ran away. Slowiak was pinned underneath the golf cart, forcing her to undergo two surgeries at Blake Medical Center.

"He doesn’t have any respect for the law, no respect for humanity, period," said Slowiak's son, John.

ABC Action News has learned, Manatee County deputies arrested Kersey three days after the hit-and-run crash for breaking into a Bradenton church.

Surveillance video from Trinity Baptist Church shows Kersey wondering the church property for hours December 30, causing at least $10,000 in damages, according to Pastor Steve Meyer.

Kersey allegedly ripped an industrial-sized sink off of the kitchen wall.

"It was very bizarre," said Meyer. "It seemed like he was under the influence of something."

Court records show Kersey has a lengthy criminal history and was just released from state prison in November.

He now faces several charges, including felony hit-and-run, burglary and damage to a church.