Naples man's ankle nearly severed in hit and run

Posted at 10:21 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 22:21:05-05
Avid walker Chuck Thibeault now spends his days getting around on a scooter.  His ankle was nearly severed in a hit and run crash at the corner of Parkshore and Crayton Drive on February 6th.
"Never saw the car, nobody every beeped a horn," said Thibeault.
Before he could reach the middle of the crosswalk he was struck.
"Suddenly I was lifted into the air, thrown down the street and landed in the middle of Parkshore Drive."
A witness helped chuck until paramedics arrived, but could only give a vague description of the car.
"This fellow did not get the license plate number because he saw the woman starting to stop and he assumed she was going to stop, get out of her car, and find out what happened."
Chuck says he's not angry, just disappointed the driver didn't stop after hitting him.
"People stop in the middle of the street if a squirrel gets run over, or a dog or a cat, and here's a human being, I'm not big, but I'm certainly somebody you can see."
Thibeault misses his daily walks, and would rather not use a knee scooter, but he's thankful.
"It could have been a heck of a lot worse, I could have been hanging in traction somewhere for six months."
Thibeault says Naples Police haven't interviewed him about the incident.
Fox-4 reached out to Naples Police about the investigation, but have yet to hear back from them.