Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Suspect held in Holiday hit-and-run that injured baby

HOLIDAY — Troopers have arrested a man they say hit a teen couple and their baby with his car last month and then drove away.

The Florida Highway Patrol named Damian Ray Eagan, 29, as a suspect Wednesday afternoon and later arrested him in Brevard County.

On July 26, Dakota Harwood and Jordan Johnston, both 17, were walking with their 4-month-old, Jayson, in a stroller on the sidewalk near Cincinnati Drive and Chatlin Road about 3 p.m. when a blue Crown Victoria drove off the road and hit all three, according to a report from the FHP.

The baby was flown to a local hospital. The mother was also taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Harwood was treated at the scene.

Since the crash, an account was set up on the site gofundme.com where people can donate to help the couple, who are living with a friend, to pay for medical bills.

Records show that Eagan has several arrests and convictions in Pasco County on charges including driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident in 2009.

Reports from his most recent arrest last year, on controlled substance possession charges, do not list his address.

Newspaper reports also say Eagan was shot in Holiday in 2008 by someone who was trying to steal $4,000 from him. Eagan reluctantly helped deputies find his attacker. Then the trial was ended when he testified that he couldn't remember who shot him.

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