Police: Ford Mustang with decals involved in hit and run that left woman on life support

Fort Lauderdale Beach hit and run captured on surveillance video

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A hit and run crash the night before Fourth of July has left a 39-year-old woman on life support in critical condition and her family is desperate to find anyone who may have information that could lead to finding the driver that fled the scene. A $2,000 reward is being offered.

Lynn Hessley was struck Friday, July 3, at approximately 10:40 p.m. near the intersection of A1A and Seville Street just a stone’s throw from the Westin at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The woman was just trying to cross the street when she was hit.

Fort Lauderdale police detectives are looking for a 2006 Ford Mustang with multiple decals on the back of the car that was captured on surveillance video. One of the decals to the left of the Mustang logo appears to be a Human Rights Campaign sticker.

On surveillance video, you see the Mustang speeding south down A1A when the impact happens and then a flurry of brake lights from seemingly stunned drivers — the suspect’s car never stops. Investigators said the car would have front end damage from the impact.

Hit & Run Fort Lauderdale Beach

We are requesting the public's help in gathering information related to the below hit and run that occurred on Fort Lauderdale Beach last weekend. Anyone with information is asked to call FLPD or Crime Stoppers, at 954-493-8477.

Posted by Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Saturday, July 11, 2020

(Watch the surveillance video)

Hessley has undergone brain surgery, has multiple fractures, and is currently on life support in critical condition, according to a GoFundMe page that was set up to help offset her medical bills. Because of COVID-19, the hospital is closed to visitors, so the family has not been able to visit her since the accident happened.

Their only comfort now beyond her survival is catching up with the driver that sped away from the scene, leaving their loved one alone to die.

Hessley’s sisters have been outside the crime scene passing out flyers and are planning on continuing to show up there, hoping someone remembers seeing something that night. They will be out again on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

Police said that while they have photographs of the car and its license place information, as of Sunday morning, they have yet to locate the vehicle or make contact with the owner.

Crimestoppers is offering the $2,000 reward for anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver.

Call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 (TIPS).

About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.