DUI driver hits 21-year-old UCF student, troopers say

Victim in critical condition

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man was driving under the influence when he caused two hit-and-run crashes within minutes of each other, one of which left a 21-year-old University of Central Florida student critically injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the first crash happened about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

Yousuf Hasan, 25, attempted to make a left turn from Alafaya Trail onto Mendel Drive and turned directly into a Honda Accord, driven by 20-year-old Dylan Duarte, the report said.

Hasan drove away without stopping, leaving the front bumper of his Acura in the roadway, according to authorities.

Troopers said that minutes later, Hasan was traveling on the shoulder of Napiers Circle when he hit 21-year-old London Harrell as she was walking in a grassy area.

Hasan did not stop after the crash, according to the report. Troopers said they found him sleeping on the ground behind his car in a parking lot off University Boulevard.

Hasan was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury and DUI with serious injury.

During a court appearance Monday, a family member said that Harrell was being kept alive by a respirator and is in a coma.

He said it's unlikely Harrell will survive her injuries. He asked that Hasan be held without bond, but the judge denied that request.

The judge ordered that his bond be set at $11,500 and that he undergo GPS monitoring and not operate anything with a motor. Hasan has since posted bond and has been released from the Orange County Jail.

His father, Younus Alie spoke Tuesday about Saturday's incident and his son's actions.

He said he is angry with his son and has spoken very little with him. After the crash, he said Hasan called his mother first and explained what happened.

"He called mommy and told her that this happened and after five minutes he didn't talk," Alie said. 
Alie said his thoughts are with Harrell's family. 

In a statement, Harrell's family said, "Our family appreciates the continued prayers and support of the community. At this time we want to focus on London and our family and we respectfully request privacy during this difficult time. Thank you."

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