Police have found the boat allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash late Saturday near Dinner Key Marina and have named its owner a person of interest.
Just before midnight Saturday, a couple was in a 13-foot Boston Whaler when a larger vessel crashed into theirs, according to fire officials.
Investigators said the larger vessel sped away from the scene, leaving the Boston Whaler with a gash that began taking in water. Steven Hudson was knocked unconscious, and passenger Brenda O'Campo was badly cut, rescuers said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers said hours after the crash, they received a call about the boat that allegedly fled.
"Ironically enough that vessel was reported stolen shortly after the incident occurred," said FWC spokesman Jorge Pino.
When the sun rose Sunday, it was found abandoned and hastily tied up to a dock near Dinner Key, Pino said.
The dock master told authorities the boat looked out of place. Police said it had damage consistent with damage found on Hudson's boat.
The boat is now in the custody of Florida Fish and Wildlife. The owner of the boat has stopped cooperating with authorities, Pino said.
"Unfortunately, he sought the advice of a lawyer and he is not speaking with us anymore," Pino said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
O'Campo was released from the hospital. Wildlife officers said Hudson is listed in serious condition and has fractures to his face and back of the head.