DAVENPORT, FL -- Police released video Friday of a suspected hit-and-run driver buying beer prior to the crash that caused a pregnant woman to lose her unborn child. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a 48-year-old Davenport man in connection with the crash.
"PCSO is actively searching for 48-year-old Bionel Cervin-Gomez of Davenport who has a warrant for his arrest for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury," said the sheriff's office on Friday. "Doctors later determined that an unborn child died as a result of the mothers' trauma suffered during the crash. The mother had been eight months pregnant."
The three-vehicle crash occurred on Saturday, Feb. 9, near Highway 17/92 and Shamrock Drive in Davenport, according to the sheriff's office.
The suspected hit-and-run driver can be seen buying beer below:
The sheriff's office said that investigators obtained a copy of Cervin-Gomez' pay stub which indicates that he worked for Mystic Block and Stone Inc. in Orlando. The sheriff's office said they also were seeking a woman of interest who recently used Cervin-Gomez' debit card.
"Cervin-Gomez was driving a GMC Truck when he violated the right-of-way of a Chevrolet Aveo, driven by 22-year-old Courtney Belser, who was pregnant," the sheriff's office said. "There was a one-year-old girl riding in the Aveo as well, who was not injured."
The sheriff's office said the truck also collided with a Ford van driven by 23-year-old Mario Albaladejo, who was not injured.
"Cervin-Gomez fled the scene on foot prior to the deputies' arrival," the sheriff's office said. "Ms. Belser was later transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center as a precaution since she was eight months pregnant. "Her unborn son was determined to be deceased."
The sheriff's office said that everyone else involved in the crash received medical attention at the scene and were not taken to the hospital.
"During the investigation, deputies obtained video surveillance that showed Cervin-Gomez purchasing beer at a convenience store two hours prior to the crash," the sheriff's office said. "They also discovered the GMC Truck had been recently purchased by Cervin-Gomez. Deputies conducted a search of three different residences, but could not locate him."
The sheriff's office said that Cervin-Gomez did not have a driver's license on file in any U.S. state.
"An I.C.E inquiry was completed and deputies learned that Cervin-Gomez is a previously deported immigrant who returned to Mexico in 2000. He does not have current legal status to be in the United States," the sheriff's office added.
"Not only is Mr. Cervin-Gomez here illegally, he caused a crash that ultimately took the life of an unborn child," added Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "He was operating a vehicle without a license and fled the scene, both violations of the law."
A warrant has been issued for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license involving serious bodily injury.