By Kevin Deutsch
Ronald Rahim Jennings was riding his black-and-orange, BMX-style bicycle in the 8400 block of NW 40th Street in Coral Springs on July 25 when Bryan Henry, 52, struck him with his silver 2009 Toyota Tacoma around 8:37 p.m., according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Coral Springs Police Department.
The front end of Henry’s Tacoma was badly damaged, he told police, but he thought he had possibly hit a garbage can, mailbox, or fire hydrant rather than a person, according to the affidavit.
Henry was arrested on Oct. 8 and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries as well as failure to report a crash, records show.
He was released from the Broward Main Jail on a $26,000 bond, records show and has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, Jennings, the victim, was thrown 24 feet and suffered a broken right femur, a fractured jaw in two places, and an arm injury that may have been a fracture.
Chicken Salad Chick of Coral Springs has started a GoFundMe page for Jennings, who has undergone multiple surgeries and was hospitalized at Broward Health Medical Center after being airlifted from the crash scene.
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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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