Couple looking for answers, help following hit-and-run in GCS

By Bruce Hope bruce@opcfla.com
Posted 3/17/21

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Stephanie Cummings only needs to look at the scars and bandages to know something went terribly wrong last Friday night as she walked along U.S. Highway 17 near Green Cove …

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Couple looking for answers, help following hit-and-run in GCS

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Stephanie Cummings only needs to look at the scars and bandages to know something went terribly wrong last Friday night as she walked along U.S. Highway 17 near Green Cove Springs.

Exactly what and how, she may never know.

“She doesn’t remember anything [about the accident],” said Stephanie’s husband, Bruce Cummings.

Bruce was waiting for her to get home from a walk, but it was taking longer than expected. He got in his vehicle and went out to look for her.

“I was at the house and I went to go look for her,” he said. “I went to turn around and I found her on the side of the road, with her legs out in the road.”

According to Bruce Cummings, the accident occurred about the distance of two football fields from their home.

After discovering his wife unresponsive, he called 911, who took her to the Orange Park Medical Center.

The vehicle involved in the hit-and-run had the side mirror knocked off during the collision. It was recovered by the husband, who was able to find out it belongs to a Chevrolet built between 2008 and 2013. However, the model is unknown.

Stephanie suffered multiple injuries in the accident.

Her right arm was broken; her jaw was fractured; her eardrum was ruptured; and, she had several broken teeth. The broken arm may have been the most serious of the injuries sustained. On arrival at the hospital, she was in surgery for nearly six hours, during which she received two blood transfusions.

Bruce was not advised on how long his wife’s recovery might take.

“She won’t ever be able to use her arm the same,” said Mr. Cummings. “Strength, range of motion, pressure, everything [has been affected]. They put screws in her elbow. The doctor said it was one of the worst breaks in the arm he’s ever seen. Where the bone had broken, the bottom part of her arm shoved up through her shoulder.”

This accident has changed the Cummings’ lives and will make them much more difficult in several ways.

“I think they should come forward and take care of their responsibility,” Bruce said. “I don’t feel we should have to keep losing out on funds we really don’t have. It’s gonna be a constant struggle for me as well because I’m going to have to drive her everywhere and look after her.”

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the accident, but currently has no leads and has not contacted the Cummings, Bruce said. Anyone with information regarding the hit and run is urged to contact FHP at (850) 617-2320.

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