A nurse of Shands Hospital was injured in a hit and run accident in a crosswalk outside of the hospital where she works around 7pm on Sunday June 23, 2009. According to an article, Police in Jacksonville have arrested a man they say is responsible for hitting the woman and driving off.
The driver who hit the pedestrian said that he was looking in his mirror and didn’t see her. He then made the grave mistake of leaving the scene. He didn’t have a valid license.
We are so sorry for the family of the woman who was injured in this Jacksonville pedestrian accident and wish her the speediest of recoveries. Her condition is not known at this time.
The Florida Highway Patrol says fear is the reason most hit-and-run drivers flee, in addition to the fact that they have something to hide, such as not having a valid driver’s license or being under the influence. While it is not an admission of guilt, state law requires you to stay at the scene of a collision with a pedestrian. It doesn’t matter who is at fault at that time.
Leaving the scene is a crime, the statute 316.027 reads:
(1)(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. Any person who willfully violates this paragraph is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
About four people will die in the U.S. every day due to a hit and run, says the consumer group Deadly Roads. Leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run is a second degree felony and can bring you at least 15 years in prison.
The family of the woman injured in the above accident might want to consult with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury accident attorney to explore their options in getting help to cover her medical expenses before any statute of limitations runs out. Again, we wish her well in her recovery.
If you have any questions regarding a personal injury incident, whether it was caused by a pedestrian accident, auto accident, or work related accident, our skilled attorneys at Farah and Farah can help you receive compensation and get your life back on track. Call us today for a free evaluation at 1-800-533-3555.