NEW: Delray hit-and-run victim in serious condition; driver at large


City police continue to look for a hit-and-run driver that left a 39-year-old man badly injured.

Scott Matesky remained in serious condition as of Friday at Delray Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning as he attempted to cross West Atlantic Avenue near Northwest 10th Avenue.

A surveillance video released Tuesday by Delray Beach police shows a white Honda Civic striking Matesky and catapulting him into the air. The vehicle speeds away without stopping to render aid.

Police told the Post that Matesky was in the area waiting for a friend to pick him up to drive to a casino in Coconut Creek. The friend never showed up and Matesky was planning on returning home for the night when he was hit.

Sources told The Post that Matesky sustained head injuries and underwent surgery Tuesday.

VIDEO: See surveillance camera footage of the hit-and-run crash

A native of Baltimore, Matesky moved to the Delray Beach area more than two years ago, friends said.

“He’s a people person,” David Greene, a friend of Matesky’s for more than 12 years, said Wednesday. “Scott never had a dollar, but he never needed a dollar. People always treated Scott because he is such a good guy.”

Greene described Matesky as a cigar-smoking, good-natured former high school baseball player who wasn’t above poking fun at himself. Despite growing out of shape, Matesky referred to himself as “Scotty Too Hotty,” and is known that way in Delray Beach.

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Lonny Matesky, Scott’s brother, said he hoped somebody would come forward to help police find the hit-and-run driver.

“Scott’s family and friends are praying for his speedy recovery and are concerned for the medical challenges that he will face,” Matesky wrote in a text message. “Please ask your (readers) to help police in any way possible to bring consequences to the criminal so they will choose differently in the future.”

The driver of the Honda faces a charge of hit and run involving serious injury with penalties of up to five years in prison or five years of probation and a $5,000 fine. The person could also have his driver’s license revoked for three years.

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In 2016, there were 7,694 hit-and-run crashes in Palm Beach County, according to state figures. Those incidents resulted in 102 serious injuries and 12 fatalities. Only Miami-Dade and Broward counties had more hit-and-run crashes that Palm Beach County.

Greene. who lives in Baltimore, visited Matesky two weeks ago during a trip to Florida. On Tuesday, he watched the video of his friend being struck by the Honda.

“It breaks your heart,” he said.

Anyone who either witnessed the crash or has information about the vehicle or driver is asked to contact investigators Hannes Schoeferle or Daniel Cramer at 561-243-7800 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 561-458-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperspbc.com. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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