A University of Tampa student was the victim of a hit-and-run accident while crossing Howard Avenue in South Tampa early Sunday morning.
Vincent Lanci, a senior and finance major at UT, has been in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital for the past week.
His father, Al Lanci, said that his son is suffering from serious brain trauma, according to an interview with 10 News Tampa.
“He is in and out all the time. Has no idea some days where he’s at, what he’s doing,” said Mr. Lanci.
On Monday, Lanci, 21, went into surgery and was put on a respirator, but as of Tuesday, his mother told 10 News Tampa that he was removed from the respirator and breathing on his own.
“Everything is still little-by-little, hour-by-hour,” said Lena Gosik, Vincent’s cousin, to 10 News Tampa.
Lanci was hit by a gray 2007 Acura TL 4-door sedan about 3 a.m. last Sunday while crossing Howard Avenue just south of North A Street.
The sedan was last seen heading north on Howard Avenue near Interstate 275 and was missing its right-side mirror.
It is believed that detectives with the Tampa Police Department may have found the car that hit Lanci in Brandon, according to 10 News Tampa.
However, the police have not been able to identify the person who was driving the grey Acura that night, so no arrests have been made.
“You hit someone, you should be able to stay there and man up about it instead of being this coward to walk away. We’re just looking to make things right,” said Mr. Lanci to 10 News Tampa.
Lanci’s family is offering a $1000 cash reward in hopes of finding the person who was driving the car that hit his son.
“We got a phone call 4:30 in the morning. We were on a plane at 7 o’clock to get here,” said Mr. Lanci.
His mom, sister, and cousin have been by Lanci’s bedside since they flew from New York down to Tampa Sunday morning, staying at Tampa General Hospital every night.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Tampa Police at (813) 231-6130.