Suspect arrested in Naples Park hit-and-run that seriously injured woman

Reporter: Taylor Smith Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Susan Canter seeks justice as she recovers after being hit by a car in Naples Park (WINK News)

The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a Naples Park woman has been arrested.

Florida Highway Patrol arrested suspect Louis Lacivita, 17, for an August hit-and-run that injured 53-year-old Jesusa “Susan” Alang in Naples Park.

“To God be the glory. Thanks be to God. He is not sleeping, yet he is good all of the time,” Susan said.

State troopers responded to the crash along 106th Avenue north just west of U.S. 41 in the Naples Park neighborhood, where a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Susan said she can finally put the crash behind her.

“Very grateful that it happened now and that the waiting is over,” Susan said.

In September, investigators impounded a 2006 Ford F-150 that was eventually determined to be the suspect vehicle in the hit-and-run and determined the driver to be Lacivita.

“He chose to ignore me, and that makes me feel sad,” Susan said. “Why did he do that”

Susan was in the hospital with serious injuries for weeks with a broken neck, back, ribs, ruptured spleen and liver. After all the pain, she does not want to hold any anger in her heart. But she hopes Lacivita learns his lesson.

“I forgive him, and I forgive the family,” Susan said. “I feel sad for him too, but he will face the consequences.”

Lacivita was taken to Colier County jail and faces a charge for felony hit-and-run.

Anyone can report report a hit-and-run, impaired or aggressive driver to FHP via cell phone by dialing *FHP (*347)

“My husband said, ‘For a couple of months, you would not walk first,'” Susan said. “But I said, ‘I still want to walk. I love to walk. I’m not afraid to walk again.'”

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