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Driver arrested for DUI after hit and run on 7 people in Fort Myers parking lot

Posted at 9:56 AM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 09:56:38-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Police have arrested a Southwest Florida woman on numerous DUI and hit and run charges after deputies say she drove through a group of people in a parking lot.

The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday in the parking lot of Gulf Coast Town Center.

According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report, just before 2 a.m., several witnesses reported seeing a Ford Focus speeding through thought the parking lot near Cantina 109 restaurant.  The car struck two parked vehicles before colliding with a group of people standing next to those parked vehicles.

The car then jumped a median, made a u-turn, and attempted to flee the area before being stopped by a deputy.

Deputies say the driver of the car, 22-year-old Jamellah Bobbitt-Hasan of Lehigh Acres, had a strong smell of alcohol and performed poorly in field sobriety exercises.

A total of 7 people were struck by the car, though none of the injuries were significant enough to require an ambulance.  Several of the injured said they'd drive themselves to the hospital.

The car Bobbitt-Hasan was driving was registered to a rental company.

She told investigators that while driving through the parking lot, she noticed she had blood on her face and began freaking out.  However she offered no explanation for why she hit the parked vehicles and pedestrians.

Bobbitt-Hasan was booked into the Lee County Jail and is facing 23 charges of DUI with Damaged Property and Hit and Run.