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Hit-and-run driver turns himself in after realizing the victim was his cousin

By Mason White 10:25 AM June 14, 2015
Malik Clyburn 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A teenage hit and run driver was devastated after learning that he killed his cousin.

The 19-year-old driver surrendered to police after realizing that the pedestrian he hit was his cousin who was crossing the street in a wheelchair.

Malik Clyburn of Florida, surrendered to police hours after hitting his relative, Michael Wright, 48, while driving with a suspended license.

Officer Kevin Schafer said that the teen was not drunk, on drugs, or on any medication at the time of the accident, and he would have faced only a misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license, but will now be charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

The accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. in Sarasota on Tuesday, when Wright was wheeling himself through a major intersection.

Video taken from a red light camera shows Clyburn driving through the intersection and hitting the disabled man, who police said was crossing where he should have been.

Wright died of his wounds in a hospital early Wednesday.
Police said that Clyburn turned himself in after seeing the red light video footage, which police have released.

Clyburn said that he was “very sorry,” and that he was unable to sleep since seeing the video was released. He also said that he left the scene of the accident because he did not want to go to jail for driving with a suspended license.

The teenager was released from jail after posting $20,120 bond.