Surviving fisherman speaks out about crash

Jeffrey Vanreenen still suffering four months after being hit by distracted driver

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Jeffrey Vanreenen is still suffering from severe headaches and nerve damage four months after being hit by a distracted driver, and he says a citation seems a little light.

On Monday, April 1 around 11:40 p.m., three fisherman were hit by a distracted driver on the Eau Gallie Causeway.

The collision killed 25-year-old Justin Mitchell and 24-year-old Garret Viccaro, leaving Vanreenen with severe injuries on his head and arm.

"I never thought I'd be getting hit," said Vanreenen. "I didn't even know I was hit until the guy was telling me to stay down."

"The first month was rough with the doctors and seeing him in the conditions he was in, but as time goes on everything gets much better," said his mother, Marie Vanreenen.

Now, four months after the accident, Melbourne police issued 43-year-old Vincent Worbington a citation for careless driving.

Police did not find him intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The report did find that Worbington was using his cellphone when we swerved onto the shoulder and hit the three men.

"I would like to see the laws changed as far as texting or driving while on the telephone," said Marie Vanreenen.

Worbington will pay a $169 fine, but the state attorney's office said they will be doing a review of the investigation to determine if criminal charges need to be filed.

As for Vanreenen, he said the citation isn't what he was expecting, but said the driver has suffered enough.

"I kind of feel bad he has to live with this the rest of his life," Vanreenen said.

The driver will make an appearance in court on Sept. 9th.

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