Truck Backs Into Man With Walker, Police Want Driver's Identity

(C) Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Grady Judd wants to the driver and passenger seen in a white GMC pickup truck that knocked an 84-year-old man over when it backed into him to come forward to deputies.

HAINES CITY, FL — An 84-year-old man is in critical condition after a truck at a convenience store in Haines City backed into him April 15, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said. The victim walked through the parking lot at 6:15 p.m. using his walker after he had gone inside, according to investigators. A white GMC truck between the year models 2004 to 2007 was shown on surveillance video to authorities calmly driving away after Travis Farley was knocked over.

The truck drove north on U.S. Highway 17-92 right outside the store. “We suspect with the activity of the truck they may not have recognized that they hit him,” Judd said.

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The man got up and walked back home. Judd said that he did not report what happened to authorities, and he didn’t seek medical treatment. He got a slight cut when the truck backed into him.

Five days later, his family called EMS to check out his condition because he seemed worse off. Judd said that in addition to the cut, he also had other deteriorating medical conditions. His family had tried to get him to get medical help when they found out he had been hit, but he refused.

When EMS officials went to Farley’s house April 20, they called the SVU unit with Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Farley gave them the location of the store, and that is where authorities retrieved the video footage of the truck hitting him. Farley was last listed in critical condition at a local hospital, Judd said.

Deputies want to speak to the two people who were in the GMC.

If you have any information that can help with this case, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.

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