A teenage boy is in critical condition after being struck by a hit and run driver. According to a News 4 Jax report, the hit-and-run accident happened on 103rd Street near Tampico Road in Jacksonville.
Officials say the pedestrian may have been outside the crosswalk when the driver of a small, dark-colored car struck him and drove away. The young victim was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with critical injuries. Authorities are asking for information about the hit-and-run driver. Read the rest »
A Gainesville man remains in critical condition and the individual who struck him is still on the loose following a hit-and-run accident over the weekend. Florida Highway patrol responded to an accident scene on Sunday afternoon around 5pm in which a 53-year-old cyclist was rear-ended by a vehicle along 122nd St. The man was riding north along what is commonly referred to as Parker Road when a car, that witnesses claim to be a white Oldsmobile, struck him from behind then sped off. The victim was taken to University of Florida Health where he remains in critical condition.
Hit-and-run accidents happen with terrible frequency in Florida, leaving victims and their families in terrible pain. In 2012 alone, there were nearly 70,000 hit-and-run accidents, with 166 of those resulting in fatalities. As a result, in the summer of 2014, state lawmakers raised the level for fleeing the scene of an accident from a 3rd to 2nd degree felony. Known as the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, those who choose to leave an accident without reporting it can now face considerable jail time and fines. Read the rest »
For years, critics have claimed that Florida law gives drunk drivers an incentive to flee the scene of an accident rather than face the consequences of their actions.
As the law now stands, a driver found guilty of DUI manslaughter faces a minimum of at least four years in prison. However, a DUI driver who has been involved in an accident with fatalities can face substantially less prison time if he or she flees the scene of an accident, sobers up, and then either gets apprehended or voluntarily comes clean.
A new law, proposed by Sen. Miguel de la Portilla (R-Miami), would level the playing field when it comes to punishments for hit-and-run offenses. Under SB 102, any hit-and-run driver would face a sentence of at least four years if convicted of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. The idea is to take away the incentive for a DUI driver to flee a crash scene, sober up and possibly face less jail time if convicted because it cannot be proven that he or she was under the influence at the time of the accident.
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A St. Augustine man is dead after he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in St. Johns County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers said the 43-year-old man was pedaling home after working a night shift at a local IHOP and was heading east on State Road 16 when a vehicle attempting to turn right on to Four Mile Road struck him.
FHP reports that the victim was in the bike lane when he was struck.
The cyclist was rushed to Flagler Hospital, but was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville for more extensive treatment. He died the next morning.
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Safe Streets Miami, fellow cyclists, and family members rode slowly through Kendall to remember a popular cyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Southwest Miami-Dade. The memorial ride was also used as a platform to urge authorities to make road safety a high priority in the Miami area.
According to the sole-witness of the early morning hit-and-run accident in Florida on March 31, the motorist who hit the cyclist at the corner of Eureka Drive and Southwest 137th Avenue, got out of his car, looked down at the bleeding and injured man he had just struck, and coldly got back into his vehicle and left the scene. Read the rest »
Hit-and-run accidents in Central Florida are on the rise— a disturbing trend that personal injury attorney Eddie Farah finds irresponsible and reprehensible.
According the Daytona Beach News Journal, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has seen a jump in Central Florida hit-and-run crashes in the past four years. Whereas four years ago troopers were seeing an average of 10 to 14 hit-and-run crashes a day, they are now seeing 20 to 25 such crashes today. In March of 2012 alone, FHP handled 547 hit-and-run collisions in the area. In 2011 there were a total of 8,684 hit-and-run accidents in Central Florida.
What is truly disturbing though, is the upward tick of fatal hit-and-run crashes. An FHP spokesman said that in a seven county area that includes Flagler and Volusia counties, the fatal hit-and-run count jumped from 13 in 2010, to 18 in 2011. By Florida law, leaving the scene of a fatal accident is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Read the rest »
No one was sure if the St. Augustine father of five who received critical head injuries in a hit-and-run collision would even survive. Now the hit-and-run victim has returned home and is facing a long road to recovery.
The 30-year-old man was on a scooter Friday, January 6, going to his construction job around 5:40 a.m. when he was hit by an SUV from behind. The collision happened on Old Moultrie Road, and the driver was arrested a short time later. The crash victim spent a week in the intensive care unit at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine with doctors not certain of his future.
With severe scrapes from road rash and internal injuries, including brain swelling, he recovered enough to receive some outpatient therapy, but years of rehabilitation lie ahead. On Wednesday, January 18, he celebrated his son’s first birthday, according to an article by News4jax.com. Read the rest »
The wife of a man who was a victim of a St. Augustine hit-and-run is praying for his life and is asking the public to do the same. The 30-year-old man was on a scooter on his way to work around 5:30 Friday morning, January 6, on Old Moultrie Road when he was rear-ended by a 2004 Windstar minivan. The driver left the scene and left the father of five to die on the side of a St. Johns County road. A person who saw the news report on television called a tip into police who arrested a 43-year-old man, who is currently behind bars.
The hit-and-run victim’s wife told Channel 4 that they were middle school sweethearts and that she wants to know how someone could leave an injured person on the side of the road. She told a reporter on News4Jax.com that she is praying for her husband and wants the community to do so also, and she prays for the man who hit her husband. The only bit of good news is that the doctors did a reflex test on the hospitalized man and he responded, which is considered a positive sign. Read the rest »
A hit-and-run driver is being sought for striking and killing a 13-year-old on a bike on a Jacksonville road, Saturday, November 26. The teen was about a mile from home on the west side of Brananfield Road when a vehicle hit him about 9:40 p.m. just south of Trail Ridge Road. The young teen was ejected from the bicycle and sent about 100 feet into a ditch, according to Channel 4. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says the driver never stopped. So far there is no information on the model of the vehicle or its color, but FHP says it should have right front damage in the headlight area or the side of the car.
The FHP would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or who knows, or thinks they may know, the identity of this hit-and-run driver. Call (904) 695-4115. Read the rest »
News4Jax reports that a vigil was held November 19, for a 21-year-old woman killed in a Jacksonville hit-and-run crash five years ago. A wife and mother were walking home from a convenience store on Normandy Boulevard near Yellow Water Road when the wife was hit by at least one driver who left the scene. That night, her husband drove to look for her and briefly saw her silhouette as he drove past. When he turned around, he found her lying in the middle of the road. She died one week later, November 19, 2006, leaving behind her husband and three-month-old son.
The theory is that two vehicles might have hit the young woman but the Florida Highway Patrol still has no leads in the case other then one of the vehicles might have been a blue truck with metallic paint. Read the rest »