In the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 1997, a car hit a man in Lakeland and then drove off, leaving him unconscious and near death.
The man had no identification. He was flown to Tampa General Hospital, and after surgery for internal injuries and head trauma, he spent eight months in a coma. People scanned missing persons reports and concluded he was most likely James Lee Dailey. He agreed, and insisted he had family in Pensacola and Detroit.