A Florida teen who allegedly uploaded a dashcam video called “me driving like an idiot” has been charged with hit and run.
The video in question has been taken down from YouTube but what purports to be the original video is embedded below.
The dash camera footage — with techno music in the background — shows the driver dangerously weaving in and out of traffic until he rear-ends another vehicle at about the 4:25 mark on State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach. The suspect in a 1994 Honda fled the scene and apparently caused another crash afterward that was not filmed.
The joyriding suspect, identified in multiple media accounts as Robert Kelley, 18, reportedly uploaded the video from his hospital bed. Four other motorists were also hospitalized, and four cars — including the one operated by Kelly — suffered damages in the incident. Reportedly firefighters had to cut Kelley out of his vehicle after he ran into a ditch, and he was subsequently transported to the hospital by helicopter. The hospital discharged him the next day at which point he was arrested. The other victims avoided serious injury, fortunately.
According to police, Kelley doesn’t even have a driver’s license.
Said Sgt. Eugene Griffith, “He wasn’t concerned about anyone’s safety He just drove in a manner, cutting people off left and right just a total disregard for our citizens.”
The suspect is currently facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, reckless driving, and driving without a license. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Alcohol may or may not have been a factor, police indicated.
Police Chief George Markert said that “Kelley’s filming and uploading of the video falls under the ‘What were you thinking?’ category, but of because the evidence it provided police, he added, ‘We certainly appreciate it.’ “
Could the “me driving like an idiot” arrest be another instance of only in Florida?
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