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UPDATE: FHP arrests suspect in hit-and-run accident that left Lakewood Ranch High graduate in critical condition

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Jack Kelley, 19, shows some improvement at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
by: Ryan Kohn Sports Reporter

As Lakewood Ranch High graduate Jack Kelley showed small improvement on Saturday after his terrifying accident on Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run accident that has left Kelley in critical condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Bradenton's Zachari Brock Saturday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury and driving without a valid license.

Meanwhile, Kelley's father, Michael Kelley, told the media his 19-year-old son was showing some "alertness" on Saturday.

FHP booking photo of Bradenton's Zachari Brock

Kelley's Audi A3 flipped several times in front of the Lantern Inn and Suites, 7251 N Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Kelley's 2018 Audi A3 was traveling north on U.S. 41 at 7:45 a.m. when a silver 2003 Kia Sedona, facing south, attempted to turn left into a Race Trac gas station north of Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. The Sedona collided with Kelley's car, which flipped several times. Two parked cars were also damaged, no other known injuries resulted.  

Kelley is a student at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Kelley's family has set up a GoFundMe page for people to donate to his recovery. Go to gofundme.com/jack-kelley-medical-bill-please-anything-will-help.

Witnesses told investigators the Kia drove off from the scene of the 7:45 a.m. crash with damage to the front end. Anyone with information about the crash or the driver of the Kia should call the FHP at 751-8350. 

I’m the sports reporter for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. I was born and raised in Olney, MD. My biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. My strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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