By Kevin Deutsch
A Coral Springs business is raising money to help cover medical expenses for a 10-year-old bicyclist seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.
Chicken Salad Chick of Coral Springs started a GoFundMe page this week for Rahim Jennings, who has undergone multiple surgeries and remains hospitalized at Broward Health Medical Center after being airlifted from the crash scene. A driver struck Rahim in the 8400 block of Northwest 40th Street on July 25, fleeing the scene before later coming forward to police, authorities said.
Rahim’s mother, Stacey, works at the local restaurant, according to the fundraising page launched by franchise owner Claibourne Rogers.
“For those who have not had the pleasure of meeting Stacey, she is a shining light at Chicken Salad Chick in Coral Springs,” Rogers wrote. “She brings a sense of peace, happiness, and an always helpful hand to our restaurant. We miss her dearly and want to help her in what we feel is the best way possible — so, we’re raising money to help Stacey and her family cover the medical expenses for Rahim. Please donate if you are able. Any amount will help us reach our goal of $5,000!”
The driver who struck Rahim has since admitted his involvement to investigators.
The man, whose name has not been made public, was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck east around 8:40 p.m. when witnesses said he struck the boy riding his bicycle—then continued steering toward Riverside Drive, according to Coral Springs Police.
Police seized the suspected hit-and-run vehicle as evidence, and the driver provided a statement to investigators, police said.
Coral Springs Traffic Homicide investigators collected evidence from the crash scene, along with witness statements, police said.
No criminal charges have been announced in the case.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact THI Investigator Eric Schuster at (954) 346-1247 or Eschuster@coralsprings.org.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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