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Victim of Ocala Pedestrian Accident Dies

Posted on January 28, 2011

There has been a recent rash of traffic-related deaths in the Ocala area. A pedestrian struck by a hit-and-run driver died on Wednesday, January 26 from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident on Monday, January 24 reports Ocala.com.

According to Ocala police, the 42-year-old man was critically injured by a vehicle Monday night in the 1400 block of East State Road 40 and was airlifted to Shands in Gainesville. A woman reportedly came to police about an hour after the incident to report she thought she might have hit something but didn’t know what it was. The man was found lying in the street. The woman has not been charged even though the incident is classified as a hit-and-run.

This is the latest in a string of traffic accident-related deaths in Marion County, including another hit-and-run earlier in January, where the driver has not been apprehended, and three traffic-related deaths within one day this week, including a bicycle fatality, where the offender has not been found. So far, six people have died in traffic related crashes in Marion County compared to nine deaths during this same time last year. In 2010, 79 people died in traffic-related crashes in the county.

Florida Hit-and-Run Accidents
With nearly 700,000 hit-and-run reports each year in the nation, Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of hit-and-run incidents.

Because this is such a problem in our state, the Florida car crash attorneys at the Farah & Farah law firm is a member of Hit-and-Run Reward, a national program financed exclusively by American personal injury attorneys who believe if you report a hit-and-run driver you will not only feel good by keeping a dangerous driver off the road, but you could receive a financial reward of $1,000 for anyone you turn in who is later convicted of the hit-and-run. This program is offered in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward program, so doing the right thing could yield you $2,000. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward is 1-800-644-8678.