Witnesses reported that a 60-year-old man was walking back and forth across Main Street in downtown Jacksonville around 2am Thursday morning when he was struck by a car in the 10700 block of North Main. According to an article, the car was driven by 30-year-old woman who stopped after hitting the man and called police. The man was identified to be from Fernandina Beach and was pronounced dead at the scene by Jacksonville Fire-Rescue.
Our condolences go out to the family of the man killed in the pedestrian accident in Jacksonville. Toxicology tests on him have been conducted and are not yet complete. The female driver was not speeding or impaired by alcohol, the Florida Highway Patrol has determined.
Our heart goes out to the family of this man. Online they are fighting cruel comments, but oftentimes someone is impaired by things that are out of their control. In this case, the family reports that the decedent suffered from dementia. He was a kind man a friend reports, who cared deeply about the homeless and always tried to help them. Those who add unkind comments online are too quick to assume someone was drunk, and make themselves look foolish with their online comments.
Last October, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law Florida’s Silver Alert system, which allow for the broadcast of information on a missing adult who might be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Not unlike an Amber Alert, the signal goes out quickly so citizens can assist law enforcement in finding someone before something tragic happens.
With more than four million Floridians age 60 or older, we have a duty to recognize probable Alzheimer’s disease cases. Many like the man in this incident, live independently, and the Silver Alert can help avert tragedies such as what occurred here. Wandering is unfortunately a very common occurrence among those suffering from dementia. Often they want to go “home” not realizing they are already home.
Again, such a tragedy in this case occurred because there was no Silver Alert sounded. We would encourage anyone who sees someone wandering the streets and appearing to be disoriented to contact law enforcement immediately and not assume the worst about a person. In this case, it might have saved a life.
At Farah and Farah, our skilled Florida pedestrian accident attorneys have dedicated many years to seeking compensation for those who have been injured by another person’s negligence and helping families receive compensation for a loved one’s wrongful death. Contact our personal injury law firm today for a free consultation of your case.