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Authorities looking for drivers involved in fatal hit-and-run

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2020 | Criminal Defense

When involved in an accident while driving, everyone knows they are supposed to stop and seek assistance from law enforcement authorities and, if indicated, medical responders. What people know to do and what they actually do are sometimes two very different things, however. For some Florida residents, the act of being involved in an automobile accident prompts a fight-or-flight response, often resulting in them leaving the scene of the collision. When they do this, they are turning what may have truly been an accident into a crime known as a hit-and-run.

Recently, a woman lost her life when she was hit by not just one but two cars as she was crossing the road. This event occurred just after 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. Video of the incident shows the victim — a 49-year-old female — running across Old Dixie Highway, near the Golden Gate Center, then being hit by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup kept going. The driver of a sedan then hit the woman as she was still lying in the road and also failed to stop after the collision.

Authorities have released a video of the event as well as descriptions of both vehicles. They have already obtained some witness statements. They are asking anyone else who knows anything about the incident or who may have witnessed it to contact them.

When this accident occurred, it was dark, the victim — at least by what was seen in the video footage — was difficult to see. The drivers may not realize they hit a person, or they do but are too afraid to turn themselves in. The longer they wait, the worse things may be for them. A fatal hit-and-run is a serious offense in the state of Florida with significant consequences if one is convicted. These drivers can help themselves and their cases by turning themselves in, but not without turning to legal counsel for guidance and assistance seeking the best possible outcomes.