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Missing AirPod helps investigators track hit-and-run driver in Florida – NBC 6 South Florida

By Vaseline May27,2024

A missing AirPod helped investigators in Florida track down a suspect who hit a 15-year-old on a bicycle in Martin County.

Lachlan Nichol was riding his bike in Jensen Beach on Wednesday when an SUV struck him, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The impact of the crash hit Nichol’s passenger window and one of the teen’s AirPods fell into the SUV and landed under a floor mat.

Investigators were able to track the earbud to a specific address, where they discovered someone behind the house was trying to hide the silver Santa Fe involved in the crash.

The owner, 49-year-old Peter Swing, admitted to officers that he was the one involved in the crash and he didn’t stop because he had previously served jail time on drug charges and panicked.

Swing was immediately arrested and taken to the county jail.

“I think the family will undoubtedly feel some measure of justice, but we can’t undo what happened and I think the real sting here is that he left an unconscious child in a dark parking lot and drove away,” Martin said County Sheriff William. Snyder.

Family members said Nichols has since left the hospital and is now resting and recovering at home.

Snyder said the crash was an accident and that if the suspect had remained at the scene, he would have only received a ticket.

Swing is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

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