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St. Augustine Hit-and-Run Accident Kills Man

Posted on October 20, 2010

It is the second worst thing you can do after hitting someone with your vehicle. St. Augustine police have charged Derek Lee Mrasak, 19, with the hit-and-run death of Brian Robert Stevenot who died on Rambla Street and U.S. 1 in St. Augustine early Saturday, October 16, according to The Florida Times-Union.

Mrasak is facing vehicular homicide charges as well as tampering with evidence. It was a tipster who led them to Mrasak. The tipster told police that Mrasak fled to a friend’s house to wash the truck of blood and hair, dismantle and sell it as part of a cover-up. Mrasak reportedly told a group of friends that he had been drinking when someone stepped in front of his vehicle. He bonded out of jail on $35,000 bail Monday, October 18.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports there were 502 pedestrian fatalities in the state in 2008. Unfortunately, Jacksonville is third in the state in hit-and-run accidents despite the fact that it is the seventh in population

Liability Issues
Often a driver who flees the scene has been drinking or is driving with an expired license or no license at all. Because Mrasak failed to render aid, he could be facing 30 years in prison if convicted.

Farah & Farah extend its condolences to the family of Mr. Stevenot.

Family members would be well-advised to contact a Florida car accident attorney to make sure that evidence is preserved and a thorough investigation is conducted in this collision. Farah & Farah has its doors open at anytime to consult on a Florida auto accident case that results in injury or death.