Those who know him best say 21-year-old Vincent Lanci, or Vinny to his friends, is kind-hearted, driven and incredibly smart.
The University of Tampa senior, who is majoring in finance with a minor in accounting, is already working at Merrill Lynch, which makes what happened to him early Sunday morning even harder to take.
Vinny was walking alone early Sunday, around 3 in the morning. He was crossing Howard Avenue at North A street, when a car slammed into him and kept on going.
The driver never stopped, never tried to help, just sped off toward I-275.
"My first thought was that I just want Vinny to be okay. Then obviously, my second thought was that I want to find out who did this," said Steven Rodino, one of Vinny's roommates.
Detectives are now looking for a 2007 grey Acura TL, a four-door sedan, with the right side mirror missing. Vinny is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital.
"It's just heartless," continued Rodino. "I don't understand how someone can leave the scene of an accident like that when someone's lying on the ground helpless."
His roommates say he's had surgery for a broken femur, but it's too soon to know if he suffered any brain injuries.
"This is our last semester together as well, and for it to start off like this is really heartbreaking," said John Low, one of Vinny's roommates.
They just hope detectives will catch the driver who hit Vinny before someone else gets hurt.
"I'm just hoping they turn themself in and do the right thing because Vinny has a bright future ahead of him and this is a terrible thing he's had to deal with," Rodino said.
"I'm just hoping he'll be able to look deep down and realize that somebody's suffering. A family's suffering," Low added.
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