Mother finds son lying in ditch, pleads for help tracking down hit & run driver

Posted at 11:18 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 07:10:00-04

A mother who just so happened to find her son lying in a ditch with broken bones, is pleading with the public to find the person responsible.

Carmen Olivo has been sitting by her 13-year-old son’s bedside in the ICU for four days. She and her son, Eric Pagan, arrived to Lee Memorial hospital on Friday after she spotted a child lying in a water filled drainage ditch near her home, and stopped to help. 

“When I got closer it was like, I didn’t know it was my son at first when I hit the corner, but once I got to him I kept asking, what happened, what happened?” said Carmen Olivo.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Pagan was riding a scooter along Richmond Ave N. Friday around 8:30 p.m. when an unknown driver struck him.

Pagan’s scooter was left mangled, and there were several pieces of a shattered headlight littered across the lawn where he was found.

“It was my first time letting him out at dark time,” said Olivo.

A first time, she nor her son will ever forget.

“You didn’t stay and call the ambulance or anything. You just didn’t care,” said Olivo.

An anonymous donor has offered $2,000 for information that leads to the driver. Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

If you would like to submit an anonymous tip click here.

“If they did it to my son and not care, they can do it to anybody and not care,” said Olivo.