According to the Florida Highway Patrol, hit and run accidents in Florida increased by 23 percent in 2014. There were 80,000 hit and run accidents last year, and almost half involved pedestrians.
Hit and Run
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have announced that they have filed charges against a driver who fatally injured a woman in a recent head-on hit-and-run accident in the Windermere area. Troopers say that a 25-year-old Windermere man was driving a Honda pickup truck on County Road 535 when he rear-ended a car waiting at a stoplight at the intersection of Summerport Village Parkway. The impact pushed the car into two other cars at the light, damaging them both.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like to remind readers that they could face serious felony hit-and-run charges even when they flee from an accident that they did not cause. A recent hit-and-run accident involving a Umatilla woman illustrates this point very well.
Orlando police believe that illegal street racing may have been a factor in a recent hit-and-run accident that sent two people to an area hospital with serious injuries. Their investigation is still ongoing, but police say that the two victims were waiting for a bus along Millenia Boulevard when a Ford Focus struck them as they sat on a bench. The victims are a vacationing couple from England, who were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Witnesses report that they saw a black Ford Focus and black Honda Accord speeding along Millenia Boulevard just before the accident occurred.
Two men that were charged with a variety of crimes in connection with a string of auto burglaries will now face additional charges stemming from a high-speed chase and accidents they caused on the Florida Turnpike. Law enforcement officials who have been working on the car burglaries say that the two men belong to a burglary ring they have been calling “Felony Lane.” The driver of the car that led police on the chase and caused three accidents is 23-year-old male. He faces charges of resisting arrest, aggravated fleeing and eluding and three counts of leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injuries in addition to grand theft and auto burglary charges.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a motorcyclist who may have caused a fatal hit-and-run accident with another motorcyclist in Lake County recently. The accident that killed a 54-year-old Orlando man occurred around 6:00 p.m. one recent evening on County Road 48 a bit east of U.S. Highway 27. Troopers report that they are looking for the rider of an orange or maroon Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Classic that likely has damage on each side. They report that the hit-and-run rider was wearing a black helmet at the time of the accident and probably has lacerations on his back and arms from the accident.
Polk County Sheriff’s deputies are still conducting their investigation into a hit-and-run bicycle accident in Lakeland that killed a 51-year-old man but claim that they suspect alcohol was a contributing factor. They report that the victim was struck and killed while riding his bike near Deeson Road and Cherry Road around 1:30 a.m. one recent morning. They arrested a 21-year-old Lakeland man in connection with the fatal accident after a local resident found the victim lying in the middle of Deeson Road.
A University of Florida student is receiving care at Shands at the University of Florida and hospitalized in extremely critical condition after she was struck and injured in a recent hit-and-run bicycle accident. Accident investigators say that the 21-year-old woman was riding her bike near Southwest 16th Avenue near Archer Road when she was struck by a driver who fled the accident scene without stopping to help. She is being treated for severe head trauma, a broken arm and two broken legs, according to a Gainesville Police officer. He reports that a vehicle believed to be involved in the accident has been recovered, but no arrest has been made in connection with the incident.
An Orlando chiropractor has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in February that claimed the life of a Fort Myers woman. The Lake Mary doctor who describes himself as one of Central Florida’s top doctors was booked into the Seminole County jail recently but released shortly thereafter on $50,000 bail for his involvement in the Feb. 26 hit-and-run motorcycle accident that killed the 50-year-old rider.
Florida Highway Patrol officers are requesting that those who may have seen a recent fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident come forward with any information they may have. Accident investigators say that the accident occurred near the intersection of Semoran and Old Cheney Highway in east Orange County. They say an adult male pedestrian was crossing Semoran east-to-west when he was struck and killed by a black Jeep Wrangler. They say that after the jeep struck the man, the driver immediately fled the scene to avoid taking responsibility.