The saying about truth being stranger than fiction fits perfectly with what happened along Rohrman Road in Port Richey Monday night. The story ends with four boys, ages 10 to 18, being hit by an out-of-control truck.
Brandon Smith, 12, suffered leg and back injuries.
"I was hurt because I was running on the right side and [the truck] was coming on the right side and it ended up behind my friend's car."
Misael Ochoa-Garcia, 26, never should have been behind the wheel -- investigators say he was driving with a suspended license. Ochoa-Garcia was also charged with driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident.
This is where things get strange. According to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll, Ochoa-Garcia "...has been trying to set up a date with a 14-year-old girl in that area."
Two men, 25-year-old Bobby Willis and 22-year-old Brian Sisk, took exception to the attempted rendezvous.
"They start to beat him in his truck pull him out of the truck," Doll said.
Sisk and Willis were arrested on simple battery charges. Deputies are looking for a third man who apparently took part in the beating.
Witnesses say the scene was straight out of the movies.
"One of the big guys jumped on the hood of the car and they got up to the speed bump and the truck veered off," David Dunkin explained at the crash site Monday.
Two of the boys who where were hit, Rayshaun Bennett, 10, and Beau Potter, 15, were airlifted to All Children's Hospital. Both suffered serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Sebastian Chapman, 18 was also hurt.
As for Smith, he spent the day in bed Tuesday. His mother Tina said he should recover. She, however, is still haunted by what she saw Monday night.
"He was bleeding everywhere. All I [saw] was blood and him crying."
When she was told about the odd set of circumstances the led to the crash, Smith said, "...at first I thought it was a lie…Why do kids have to get caught up in all this adult craziness?"
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