A St. Augustine man is still hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle Thursday, July 7 on Ponce de Leon Boulevard near Anderson Street. So far police have not been able to get a good description of the vehicle so the St Augustine Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the driver. The vehicle is believed to be a pickup truck which hit the southbound bicyclist around 12:05 a.m. The make and model is unknown. Meanwhile the bicyclist is still in Flagler Hospital where he was taken after the crash.
Crime Stoppers will take your anonymous tip at 1-888-277- (TIPS) 8477 and you can receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.
For some reason many people feel the need to flee from the scene of a Florida accident. This is absolutely the worst thing you can do. If a driver has no license, is intoxicated or in this country illegally, no punishment for those offenses will equal leaving the scene. Under Florida Fl Statute 316.027 a driver has an obligation to stay at the accident scene to render aid and answer questions. To leave becomes a felony and can bring at least 15 years behind bars.
With nearly 700,000 hit-and-run reports each year in the nation, Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of hit-and-run incidents.
Because this is such a problem in our state, the Farah & Farah law firm is a member of Hit-and-Run Reward, a national program financed exclusively by American personal injury attorneys who believe if you report a hit-and-run driver you will not only feel good by 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. This program is offered in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward program, so doing the right thing could yield you $2,000. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward is 1-800-644-8678.
Sources: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/210646/3/Hit-and-Run-Victim-Remains-Hospitalized-Suspect-at-Large and http://archive.flsenate.gov/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=316.027&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.027.html