This past weekend saw the convergence of three events that habitually take place around this time of year and always lead to a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving accidents and injuries. These events are, of course, the beginning of Spring Break, the end of Bike Week, and St. Patrick’s Day. In order to hopefully cut down on the number of crashes and deaths that the mixture of celebrations can often induce, 12 different law enforcement groups throughout the Central Florida area teamed up to create what they identified as a Saturation Patrol.
A terrible collision that took place close to Tampa in Hillsborough County resulted in massive lane closures and the death of an individual from Thonotosassa. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal motorcycle accident took place along U.S. 92 and involved a 36-year-old Thonotosassa resident as well as a 2005 Chevrolet. The identity of the Chevrolet’s driver was not included in the report.
Towards the end of February, a tragic auto accident occurred after an individual who had stopped in order to assist another motorist along I-75 in Hillsborough County was struck and killed by a car traveling along this same road. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident took place sometime during the morning of Sunday, February 24th, and involved at least three cars.
Reports are beginning to emerge regarding a fatal single-car crash that happened within the city of Apopka on Wednesday, March 6th. While it is not believed that more than one vehicle was involved, it does appear that at least one person was killed and another badly injured after the car they were in crashed and erupted into flames.
An individual who was helping a disabled motorist change a tire on their car was killed on Monday, February 18th, after they were struck by a passing vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the fatal hit-and-run accident happened close to 1:00 in the morning, and that it was on the eastern lanes of I-4, close to the exit from the interstate to Dirksen Drive, within the city limits of Deltona.
A 59-year-old person from Ocala died in Marion County this past Saturday after they were involved in a crash. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol reported that the individual was walking his bike along the inside of the southern lane of U.S. 441 close to 11:00 at night when the pedestrian accident took place.
Recently, officers with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orlando Police Department joined with the loved ones of people who had died as a result of hit-and-run accidents to plead with the drivers behind hit-and-run accidents to stop fleeing from crash sites. This comes as part of a month-long effort by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orlando Police Department to reduce the number of hit-and-run crashes that happen in Central Florida as well as throughout the rest of the state.
The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a person believed to be responsible for a multi-vehicle collision in Lake County that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in April of last year. According to this update to an older story, the initial incident took place in Lake County, shortly after midnight, on the 1st of April, 2018.
An early morning crash on Wednesday, January 23rd, resulted in police searching for, and ultimately capturing, an individual believed to be behind the fatal hit-and-run. According to reports from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place around 12:15 in the morning, along State Road 520, and close to the intersection of S.R. 520 and Varr Avenue.
Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are currently trying to locate and apprehend an individual who was driving an SUV when they collided with a young person and then fled the scene of the accident. Reports from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office indicate that it was on Sunday, January 13th, when these events occurred. At the time of this writing, it is not known if the police have managed to progress at all with the investigation.
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