Search on for driver who hit pedestrian bridge in Punta Gorda

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Jackie Winchester
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The pedestrian bridge, seen here before Monday’s crash, connects two portions of W. Retta Esplanade near Fisherman’s Village. (Credit: Google Street View)

A walking bridge in Punta Gorda reopened Monday afternoon after being closed for repairs after a driver hit it overnight and took off.

Investigators are searching for the driver, who they believe was intoxicated.

When Punta Gorda officers arrived at the bridge along W. Retta Esplanade near Fisherman’s Village early Monday, they found the fence along the bridge destroyed as well as some signs and poles that warn drivers not to come through.

For now, temporary fencing has been placed along the walkway so it could be reopened.

If you know anything about the driver or the crash, you can call PGPD at 941-639-4111.

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