Police working with the Florida Highway Patrol just recently released a statement saying that a case from a month ago leapt forward towards conclusion after an individual believed to be behind a hit-and-run in Orlando handed himself in. The initial incident took place on June 27th, and resulted in the death of an individual riding a bicycle.
It was close to 6:30 in the morning and the cyclist was riding their bike down Orlando’s Colonial Drive. At the time, he was wearing a reflective vest and the bicycle itself also featured several lights affixed to its rear. All in all, the cyclist was very much visible and had done everything in their power to ensure that passing motorists would be aware of them.
The official report from the Florida Highway Patrol stated that the body of the cyclist was found several hours after the incident, and that he was lying in a ditch filled with water, likely where he fell after being fatally struck by a passing car. The driver responsible for the incident fled from the scene immediately after striking the bicyclist, and it did not appear as though any attempt was made by this driver to offer assistance to the cyclist after the collision occurred.
Police working on the investigation began to examine surveillance video from the scene, and this as well as numerous reports from public individuals that came in via the Crimeline number (which enables those who wish to report knowledge about individuals involved in incidents such as hit-and-runs to do so with complete anonymity) helped the police find the SUV believed to be the car in the incident.
The SUV was located at a Cocoa residence, and troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were able to have a conversation with the person who owned this car. This all happened recently, and this past Monday, the 23rd, the individual who was driving the SUV when the cyclist was struck and killed handed himself over to a Florida Highway Patrol location in Cocoa.
This individual now faces numerous charges such as leaving the scene of a fatal crash and driving with a suspended license.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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