$11K Reward Offered For Information On Early Morning Hit & Run

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The family of a man left in a coma after a hit and run accident is pleading for help to find the driver who didn’t stop.

“It was such a shock to everybody, nobody could believe it,” said Chris Gouthro, the victim’s brother.

Early Sunday morning, Jon Gouthro, 41, was critically hurt when he was hit near the intersection of Seabreeze Boulevard and Poinsettia close to Las Olas Boulevard.

“He’s my younger brother, he’s always been close to me and we’re all praying for him,” said Gouthro during a news conference at Broward Health Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.

Gouthro had watched the Lauderdale Air show Saturday with friends and had booked a room at the ‘W’ on Ft. Lauderdale beach.

At approximately 1:30 Sunday morning, he was hit by a sedan-type vehicle that was southbound on Seabreeze approaching Poinsettia.

“We are fairly certain the vehicle we’re looking for is a Taurus, mid nineties version,” said Lt. Frank Sousa of the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department.  Sousa said it likely has front end damage.

Doctors say Gouthro’s condition is touch and go.

“He sustained multiple brain injuries as well as injuries to his upper brain stem,” said BHMC Neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Roberts

Goutrho a native of the Bahamas, a CPA , and lifelong supporter of Rotary, has a home in Lighthouse Point.

Friends from the Pompano Beach Rotary Club have donated $10,000 to the reward fund.

That’s in addition to the $1000 offered by Broward Crime Stoppers for information that may lead to an arrest.

If you know anything about this hit and run accident call the tip line at (954) 493-TIPS.

“We re hoping he pulls through.  He’s in the fight of his life,” said Chris Gouthro.  “We’re asking anyone who knows anything to call police.”

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