August 29, 2017

 **UPDATE #1**

In hopes of finding the driver who struck Eric Pagan on Friday night, the original anonymous donor has increased the reward by an additional $1,000 – bringing the total reward of up to $3,000.

“There are a lot of people in our community who care about Eric and his family and want to see justice served,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “While this young man is in a hospital room trying to recover from his injuries, the driver is walking around without consequences.  We are all dedicated to ensure that the person responsible for Eric’s injuries is identified and found quickly.”

Anyone with information on the Richmond Avenue crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of $2,000 from the anonymous donor and up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

 

August 28, 2017

Reward increased for arrest in hit and run crash of Lehigh teen

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, in combination with an anonymous donor, has increased the reward for an arrest in Friday night’s hit and run crash involving 13 year old Eric Pagan to up to $2,000.

This morning, an anonymous donor pledged an additional $1,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward for any information that leads to the drivers arrest.  Pagan was walking home on Richmond Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 when an unknown driver struck the teen, knocking him into a water filled ditch nearby.  By the luck of fate, a family member happened to be driving in the area and found Pagan lying in the ditch.  He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries, including broken bones, but over the course of the weekend he has improved to stable condition.

“Eric was walking in a residential neighborhood when this occurred, and the driver didn’t even have the decency to stop to render aid or even call 9-1-1,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “We are asking anyone who resides or frequents that part of Lehigh to report any information they may have seen or know, or any vehicle damage that could be consistent with a hit and run crash.  This could have simply been an accident, but the minute the driver made the conscious choice to leave the scene, it turned into a felony crime and someone will face justice for their irresponsible actions.”

Anyone with information on the driver or the vehicle involved in this crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers and $1,000 from the anonymous donor.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

Note:  A photo of Eric Pagan is attached to this release.