Police in Stuart are looking for the individuals responsible for an auto-pedestrian collision that left a local man dead. A hit-and-run is a serious offense in Florida. When found, the responsible parties are likely to face criminal charges that carry significant consequences if they are ultimately convicted.
According to reports, on May 1, at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers with the Florida Highway Patrol came upon a man face down and lifeless in the southbound lane of State Route 713. His vehicle parked next to him on the shoulder. The victim has been identified as a 32-year-old male of Stuart.
Who are authorities looking for?
As of the latest report, investigators say they are looking for the drivers of two different vehicles. One of them is said to drive a silver sedan, likely a Honda. This individual was seen making a U-turn, slowly driving past the scene and then driving away. A description of the second vehicle possibly involved has not been released to the public.
The penalties if convicted on a fatal hit-and-run charge may include years behind bars and hefty fines — among various other consequences. Once caught, the individuals believed responsible for this crash will have a tough legal battle ahead of them. Thankfully, they don’t have to face the Florida criminal system on their own. An experienced attorney can help them defend themselves by either fighting the charges in the hope of achieving case dismissals or seeking to minimize the consequences if convicted.