Police working on Merritt Island are engaged in a search for a person believed to be behind a hit-and-run fatality that happened this past Saturday, July 21st. The initial reports from the area indicated that the incident took place at an unspecified time in the afternoon as two vehicles were traveling down State Road 528, or the Beachline Expressway.
Three cars were involved in the incident: a mustang, an SUV, and a red passenger vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the first two cars to become engaged in any issue were the passenger car and the Mustang. These two cars were both driving along the the eastbound lanes of State Road 528 when something happened to cause at least one of the drivers to become incredibly angry. The report did not say what happened to cause the rage, but we do know that the passenger vehicle found itself behind the Mustang and that it was in this position that the driver of the passenger vehicle decided to ram the rear of the other car.
The force of the collision between the front of the passenger vehicle and the Mustang thrust the Mustang out of the eastbound lanes and into the westbound ones. The driver of the Mustang was then unable to regain control of their vehicle in enough time and the Mustang subsequently collided head-on with an SUV. The driver of the red passenger vehicle, likely aware of what they just caused, decided to flee from the scene.
EMTs, police and paramedics arrived at the area shortly afterward. The 58-year-old driver of the Mustang, an Orlando resident, was gravely injured in the crash, and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the severity of his injuries as a result of the collision between his car and the SUV rendered medical assistance unsuccessful. He was declared dead at the hospital shortly after arriving.
Inside of the Mustang there was also at least one passenger, and they suffered from critical injuries as a result of the crash. Currently, they are receiving medical treatment at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the SUV was apparently not injured in the incident.
Police are now searching for the driver of the red car, and it is believed that this vehicle sports several bumper stickers: one reading “Hammock Hippy,” the other “Endless Summer.”
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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