UPDATE: Driver released from hospital after 3-car crash

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A driver hospitalized Thursday in a severe 3-car crash in south county has been released from an area hospital, authorities said Friday.

The driver, identified as Manace Gonzalez, 21, of Vero Beach, had to be extricated from his 2004 Toyota sedan after a Ford F-150 struck his vehicle and rolled it on its side. The truck’s driver then fled on foot, according to Deputy Karrie Spooner. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of 1st Street SW and 43d Avenue.

Deputy Spooner said that Justin Scarborough, 26, of Vero Beach, was driving on 1st Street SW and he told authorities he stopped at the stop sign, did not see any vehicles on 43rd and attempted to drive across the street.

Headed northbound on 43rd Avenue was a driver of a Ford F-150, who struck the Infiniti, was redirected and struck the Toyota, which was southbound of 43rd, Deputy Spooner said.

The truck’s driver, believed to be the son of the registered owner, then fled the crash scene on foot. Authorities are still trying to locate him.

Scarborough has been cited for violating the right of way, Deputy Spooner said. He is not expected to be cited for anything else.

The driver of the truck will face at least one charge of fleeing the scene of a crash, Deputy Spooner said.

Originally published Friday, Sept. 17, at 11:33 a.m.

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