There is new information to report on a missing hit-and-run vehicle that may have killed a pedestrian in Jacksonville Beach on January 22, according to The Florida Times-Union.
The car allegedly involved in the fatal Florida hit-and-run car crash has been found in Topeka, Kansas by the Topeka Police. Investigators from Florida have made the trip there to recover the vehicle and to look for its owner who is wanted for questioning in the death of a 35-year-old man who was killed in a pedestrian accident in the 1300 block of Shetter Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. The owner of the car has been missing since the hit-and-run crash and he was last observed leaving the scene. He had connections to the Topeka area. The pedestrian who was killed was from nearby Lawrence, Kansas.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident turns a possible misdemeanor into a felony and criminal act. In this case, leaving the scene where there is a death is a felony of the first degree, which carries a prison term of up to 30 years.
Why do people run? They may have an expired license or may be driving under the influence. There may be a warrant for their arrest on another offense. Federal statistics indicate almost 11 percent of all car crashes are hit-and-runs, and the numbers appear to be increasing, especially in Jacksonville. Florida ranks third in the nation for hit-and-run accidents.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run, you should know that Florida law mandates you stay and answer questions and offer your help.
Because this is such a problem in our state, the Florida car accident lawyers at the Farah & Farah law firm are members of Hit-and-Run Reward, a national program financed exclusively by U.S. personal injury attorneys. You could receive a financial reward of $1,000 for reporting anyone later convicted of the hit-and-run accident. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward is 1-800-644-8678.