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Bradenton men arrested after hit-and-run crash at Williston Rd ramp to I-75 sends Gainesville woman to the hospital in critical condition

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Zion Mah’shae Bellamy-Bey, 19, and Kevin Jihad Miller, 19, both of Bradenton, were arrested yesterday after they exited I-75 at the Williston Road exit at high speed, hitting another vehicle and critically injuring a Gainesville woman, then fleeing into the woods.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper reported that she was monitoring traffic on the interstate for Operation Southern Shield at about 3:45 p.m. yesterday when she saw a black sedan speed past northbound at approximately 100 mph. Her radar confirmed the speed as 102 mph. She pulled out into heavy traffic and saw the car weaving in and out of traffic but lost sight of it.

When it became apparent that the driver of the car was fleeing from her, she turned off her lights and siren but continued to drive north. As she drove past the Archer Road exit, a citizen waved at her and told her the car had suddenly exited at Williston Road. At the same time, dispatch advised of a serious vehicle accident on the exit ramp at Williston Road.

Witnesses told responding Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies that the car exited I-75 and lost control, crossing the median and hitting a car on the northbound entrance ramp almost head-on, causing that car to spin. The driver and passenger exited the black car and fled on foot, failing to render aid to the other car’s occupants, two Gainesville women in their 60s. One woman had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life and transported to UF Health Shands in critical condition. The other occupant of the car was transported with minor injuries.

The witnesses, a couple from Orlando, were able to take pictures of the two suspects as they fled and also saw one of them drop a small black backpack that was later located and found to contain 58.6 grams of marijuana, a scale, and plastic baggies. $270 in cash was also found along their path. The two suspects sprinted across the interstate onto the western side near the tire center, where they were eventually apprehended by Alachua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputies.

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The suspects reportedly had another backpack with them, containing another 81.4 grams of marijuana and more cash. Post Miranda, Bellamy-Bey reportedly said there should have been around $2,000 in cash.

Bellamy-Bey was issued criminal citations for speeding and reckless driving and charged with hit and run from a crash involving injury, fleeing police causing injury, and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. He is being held on a total bond of $45,000.

Miller has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. He has been released.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • I wonder when they’ll be protesting and blocking downtown city streets because of the apprehension by K9. Hope the two elderly women get a good attorney and take these idiots to the cleaners. I’m sure they’ll have to live with their injuries for the rest of their lives.

    • Attorneys probably won’t take this case. Just the description of the alleged criminals will lead them to the conclusion there isn’t enough to make it worthy of their time.

      The sad part is the victims will likely never see justice or just compensation for the injuries they suffered.

    • I can’t imagine the victims will get anything from these perps. They won’t have insurance or means to pay out any judgment.

  • I think I saw Miller driving today weaving back and forth through traffic at a high rate of speed and tailgating everybody.

  • Grandma is going to be disappointed when Enterprise calls wanting her to pay for the vehicle damages these idiots caused.

  • $10,000 bond and the other released? Pathetic!
    What’s to prevent this type of behavior amongst the gangsta community?
    The Women they hit will be injured for life while these
    selfish buzzards walk free.

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