An Orlando teen is in critical condition after trying to cross Orange Blossom Trail at Sprint Boulevard in Apopka on Saturday night, January 1 and was involved in a hit-and-run car accident. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) states the 17-year-old girl was struck at about 7:30 p.m. by a 2001 Pontiac driven by a 17-year-old male who was heading southbound on the inside lane of the road. She is in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
A witness said the car driver slowed down but then fled the scene of the pedestrian accident. An Orange County deputy sheriff found the Pontiac with a smashed windshield and pulled it over at Rose Avenue and Beegs Road, arrested the driver and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury.
Our wishes go out to the young woman for a full recovery from this tragic collision. She is in our prayers.
Florida Hit-and-Run Collisions
Time Magazine reports that Florida is top in the nation for hit-and-run fatalities. According to a study conducted by the nonprofit Transportation for America, the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville.
According to Florida law, the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in the death or injury of any person must stop the vehicle immediately and remain at the scene. Any driver who fails to do this, can be charged with a first degree felony which can bring a $10,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison.
The Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah believe fewer offenders will leave the scene of an accident if they know they could be turned in by witnesses. That is why we decided to join Hit-and-Run Reward, sponsored by American personal injury attorneys who believe if you report a hit-and-run driver you will not only feel good about keeping a dangerous driver off the road, but you could receive a financial reward of $1,000 for anyone you turn in who is later convicted of the hit-and-run. To contact Hit-and-run Reward, call 1-800-644-8678 or visit www.hitandrunreward.com.