A 62-year-old woman was just trying to help. She was hit by a car as she was coming to the aid of someone involved in a hit-and-run accident that she had just witnessed. It happened in Naples near the intersection of San Marcos Boulevard and Radio Road, according to a Naples News article. A hit-and-run crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. and the woman was working at the Circle K store and secured a cell phone while running toward the crash and calling for help. That is when she was hit by a 2007 Honda Civil driven by a 74-year-old woman. She later died at Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver who hit the 62-year-old woman is not being charged. Meanwhile the driver of the initial hit-and-run is being sought by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. They believe that a Ford white truck, maybe an F-250, was involved and left the scene.
Our hearts go out to the family of this woman for the tragic accident that occurred just because she was trying to be a Good Samaritan.
Collier County had 2,222 auto accidents in 2008, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Among those, 308 were alcohol-related and there were 34 fatalities. Florida Statute 316.062 requires someone involved in an accident to render aid. In this case, the woman was not directly involved but was acting as a Good Samaritan.
Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
Florida has nine of the 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrian accidents, according to the group, Transportation for America. More than 9,000 pedestrians were killed in 2007 and 2008 and the group says that over the last 15 years, more than 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community with more than 43,000 killed in this decade alone. That number includes 3,906 children under the age of 16. That is the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every month, yet it does not get the sort of attention it deserves.
Whenever he is caught, the initial hit-and-run driver will be charged for violating the Florida requirement to render aid, and could be facing an additional 15-year prison term for leaving the scene of an accident with injury. We do not know from the newspaper article what happened to the initial hit-and-run victim.
If I was a member of the woman’s family, I would certainly contact a Florida car accident lawyer to make sure that the evidence is preserved in this case and that a thorough investigation is conducted. I would also want to make sure that a thorough investigation was conducted concerning any liability the motorist might have shared in this fatal accident.
Source report: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/apr/12/pedestrian-dies-after-morning-crash-east-naples/