Hit-and-run victim's daughter asks driver responsible to turn themself in

Pedestrian is on life support at a local hospital
Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 08:30:45-04

A Sarasota woman has died from injuries after a car hit her as she walked across a street.

The driver who hit Lynn Taylor sped off.

Tuesday night Jennifer Hoffman got a call that sent a cold chill down her spine. A driver hit her 61-year-old mother and didn’t stop to help.

“My son doesn’t know yet. I don’t know how I’m going to tell him. That’s he’s not possibly going to have a grandmother anymore,” she said.

“I have been waiting for something terrible to happen in this area,” said Donna Clark.

Clark has been living at her Gulf Gate Drive apartment for 15 years. She says she heard the crash as it happened.

“I heard a honk and a bang and then I’m like ‘Oh my goodness what happened?’” she said.

Taylor’s family say she was leaving a gathering and was on her way home when the car struck her at the intersection of Gulf and Mobile Gate Drive. The car hit Taylor so hard, she was knocked 20 feet up and her shoes came off.

Clark is a nurse. She says when she rushed out and saw Taylor laying there, she thought the grandmother was dead. Clark arrived quickly, but not fast enough to get a good look at the car that hit Taylor.

“It’s just terrible. I feel horrible for the family and I truly do believe this could have been prevented,” Clark said.

Clark showed ABC Action News what she was talking about: drivers appearing to speed down the 25 mph road. Clark said she has complained to police about it before.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s family is just searching for answers.

“It’s wrong, unethical. If you have any conscious please turn yourself in,” said Hoffman.

The Florida Highway Patrol has no witnesses or leads on the car that hit Taylor and devastated her family. Anyone with information on the driver who hit Taylor is asked to call Sarasota Police.

Family members say Taylor donated her organs to help others.