Almost a month after being hit by a car and left on the side of the road, Matthew Masters is still recovering from his injuries — and wants to know who did it.
“I just remember the headlights and the revving engine. I just couldn’t believe it, it just came out of nowhere,” he remembers.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 16, Masters was walking his bicycle through a crosswalk after having dinner with friends. As he goes through the crosswalk at Northwest 16th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue, a car sped through a stop sign and the crosswalk, sending Masters flying into the air and landing by the sidewalk. The car did not slow down or stop, and another car traveling at a high speed followed behind him.
According to surveillance footage recovered by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and shared with SFGN, Masters is seen slowly rolling closer to the sidewalk, as if to get away from the road. He says he doesn’t remember anything after being hit — he’s not sure if he blacked out or was in shock. His bicycle was cracked and bent, landing about 20 feet away from him.
“I’m lucky I’m not dead,” he said. “I thought I was unconscious, but from the video, I think I was more in shock. I wasn’t coherent of where I was.”
Luckily, about 10 minutes later, a waste management employee drove past and stopped to check on Masters. He called the police, who arrived minutes later. Emergency medical services arrived and took him to Broward Medical Center, where doctors worked on his fractured pelvis, lacerations on his knees, legs and on his side. He was given stitches and sent home a few hours later.
However, it seemed he was released too quickly. Later that afternoon while recovering at a friend’s home, he passed out on the lawn from the pain. He was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center the next day.
Today, Masters is undergoing physical therapy twice a week with a home health aide. He gets around using crutches and a walker, or if he has further to go, he uses a wheelchair. A project manager for a construction company, he hasn’t been able to go out on-site visits and does what he can working from home.
“This case is currently listed as inactive,” Fort Lauderdale Det. Ali Adamson said in a statement to SFGN. “At this time, all available leads have been exhausted and the case will remain inactive pending any new follow-up information.”
According to the police report, based on the pieces of the car left behind, the vehicle was a black Nissan.
“I explained to [Masters] that without something further to follow up on, this investigation is complete,” the report reads.
Masters said he hopes the driver is found and “doesn’t hurt anybody else.” Just two days before Masters was injured, a 59-year-old woman was killed in a hit and run accident about 3 miles away in Oakland Park. The Broward Sheriff’s Office hosted a press conference with the late woman’s daughter, who asked for the driver to come forward.
“I would like to see something done about pedestrian-friendly roads and cracking down on speeding so nobody else gets hurt,” Masters said.
If you have any information, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.