4/6/2018: 4 pm Update – The 17-year-old boy who was badly injured in Greenacres in a hit-and-run accident on April 5 has been identified by his mother as Jacob Gilbert. Jennifer Currie Bogar says that her son routinely walks and rides his skateboard on the same route along Sherwood Forrest Boulevard where he was struck on Thursday night. “There are no sidewalks in that area, so he has to walk beside the road.” Along with blood stains, she says you can see skid marks where the car (a gray sedan) sped off after striking her son.
“How could any human being do this to another human being?” the grieving mother asked.
Bogar believes there must have been damage to the gray sedan that hit her son. She asks that anyone who knows of a car fitting that description to contact authorities. The mother also feels that the driver would be acting out of sorts or could possibly have confided in someone.
“The longer I see my son in pain, I just keep getting angrier,” expressed Bogar.
Original text: Kami Currie says her younger brother was “bleeding and left for dead.” Thursday night when a hit-and-run driver struck the 17-year-old and fled the scene. The Palm Beach County teen was walking home from his girlfriend’s house near Sherwood Forest Boulevard and 10th Avenue in Greenacres when he was badly injured by what is believed to have been a gray sedan.
“I’m reaching out for help to get the word out,” Currie wrote to South Florida News 11. She said that police told her that they are investigating the tragic accident which occurred sometime between 9 pm and 10 pm, but they don’t have much to go on.
The teen was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with lacerations to his head and shoulder, and multiple broken bones including his right tibia and fibula. So far, the boy has received staples to close gashes and his leg – which was left in an “L” shape – has been stabilized. The family is awaiting news of possible surgery; they are thankful that he survived the horrific ordeal.
“My brother didn’t deserve to be left bleeding and broken on the side of the road. He deserves justice.”
Currie, along with the teen’s mother, are hoping that someone will come forward about the accident. They’re asking anyone with information to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office or report their tips to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County. You may remain anonymous and you may receive up to a $3,000 reward.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.