On the morning of Wednesday, August 1st, the Florida Highway Patrol received reports of a hit-and-run accident that had taken place along the northbound lanes of Enterprise Road, close to where this street intersects with Volusia Avenue. A report from Sgt. Kim Montes, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, indicates that the call came in from a witness to the crash and that this witness provided the police with comprehensive details around the incident.
This witness, who called the police around 5:15 in the morning, told them that an SUV was driving down the northbound lane of Enterprise Road in Orange City, nearing the intersection of Enterprise and Volusia Avenue, when they struck a 72-year-old Orange City resident who was riding a bicycle in a crosswalk. The witness then described how the driver of the car stopped the vehicle, got out, and walked over to the gravely injured cyclist. The driver looked at the cyclist for a moment, then climbed back in their car and drove away.
Sgt. Montes told reporters that the caller told the dispatcher that the cyclist was badly injured, and the dispatcher asked the caller to check and see if the cyclist was breathing. The caller went over to the man and reported to the dispatcher that they were, in fact, dead. The caller claimed that the cyclist was a well-known presence in the area and that he was frequently seen in the morning collecting change from the ground.
Investigators who began to work on the crash were at first having trouble locating the missing vehicle despite there having been witnesses to the incident. Then a tip came in that clearly indicated the location of the SUV in question. When officers reached the area, they found a 2005 Chevy Tahoe. It was located in a small neighborhood populated with homes around two miles from where the accident took place. Investigators found that the car had sustained severe front-end damage that matched that which would occur if they had struck a bicycle.
The person who owned the car refused to talk to the police without the presence of her lawyer. It is not known if they were taken into custody.
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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