Arkansas Police Chief Critical after PCB Hit-and-run

The victim of a hit-and-run accident Friday night on Thomas Drive was listed in critical condition Saturday.

The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. at Thomas and Quarts Street.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jimmy Christo Jr. of Panama City Beach was on Thomas, turning left onto Quarts.

He cut off Joe Landers, who was riding his motorcycle in the opposite direction on Thomas. The motorcycle hit the car and Landers flew over the hood and landed on the pavement. The FHP said Christo them drove off.

Landers was taken to Bay Medical Center, where he was in critical condition on Saturday.

Investigators eventually found Christo and arrested him for leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries. Christo also faces other charges related to possession of drugs and alcohol.

Landers, the police chief of Lowell, Ark., was not wearing a helmet. He was vacationing in Panama City Beach when the accident occurred.


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  • by Jeff on May 3, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    I have known LJ for almost 20yrs. He is actually a really nice guy..everyone in PCB will tell you the same. @jennifer he is far from having loads of $$$, he has been bartending all his life and probably makes just enough to survive.I am NOT saying its ok what he did, but half the population of PCB could be arrested for DUI on any given night (this is sad but true). This was a terrible thing to happen..It was wrong what he did,he made a couple of really bad mistakes that night and he deserves to be punished for his actions, but he is not a murderer.I feel really bad for the victim and his family and I pray he will be ok. I hope that other people learn from LJ's mistakes..I also hope this accident will encourage other motorcycle riders like myself to wear a helmet everytime you get on a bike.
  • by Debbie Location: PC on May 3, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    Yes, sometimes it is easy to vent on the injustice of some people getting away with crimes because of their "family standing" in society and because of their connections. It has always been and always be this way. However, can we stop and pray for Jimmy? Can we give mercy to others the way Jesus has given mercy for our sins? .... please keep "glass houses" in mind folks. Be careful about throwing that first stone.......
  • by john Location: pcb on May 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Will Christo get out on Bail?? He'll be a flight risk !!
  • by DiAnn Location: PCB on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    You must be kidding me......this is not about Glenn Hess...maybe you need to listen to the news a little better !
  • by beach guy on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    It will be really sad and show what the Bay county court system is truly made of if this Christo guy doesnt get jail time for hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, not to mention the drug charges.
  • by pete Location: arkansas on Apr 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    This man needs no bail. If that man dies mr. christo should be convided of murder because driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and leaving the scene of a fatalty accident. Maybe if your system of justice is that bad, god will intervene and take Mr cristo's Stepdad for trying to protect his stepson. an eye for an eye then mr. christo can feel the hurt and pain this man's family and friends are feeling and thinking that this man may get away with MURDER!!!
  • by michael Location: callaway on Apr 29, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    Christo is the stepson of County Commissioner Mike Nelson. So once again we get to watch the "Glenn Hess protects the gentry" game. Thoughts and prayers to the Lander family for the health of Joe and for what they are about to be put through.
  • by Jennifer on Apr 29, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    OMG a Christo involved in hit and run figures. Just because you have loads of money gives you no right to drink, drug and drive and hit an innocent person and than leave the scene of the accident. We pray for the police chief that he survives. As for Christo may you get prison time for doing the hit and run. May the judge not let you out on bail. But all of Bay County knows that a Christo does not get jail time for they are way above the law! Christo maybe you can get the drug and alcohol treatment you really need!
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      by Katie on May 1, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to Jennifer
      Driving a 1994 Camary, yeah, he's loaded. Whatever.
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