A Mexican worker who came to the U.S. for a better life had his life cut short Christmas Day, December 25, because of a hit-and-run driver. WTSP-TV in Tampa reports that the field worker, who picked strawberries in Dover earlier that day, was riding his bicycle on Dover Sydney Road when a car hit him. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the car stopped briefly, but then left the scene. The 20-year-old victim died at the scene. He had a baby on the way, and the television station reports friends and family say he worked hard so he could purchase phone cards and stay in touch with his family back in Mexico. He was in this country legally working for Florida Pacific Farms and had been doing so for three winters. Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and the co-workers who are said to be mourning his death.
The stretch of road where the bicyclist was killed has no paved shoulder on which to ride a bicycle and is narrow. The young man was hit and killed at 6:00 p.m. when it would have been getting dark, but Channel 10 reports there were witnesses who identified a green sedan as the vehicle involved. That car would have extensive damage to the windshield. Search_String=&URL=Ch0316/Sec027.htm&StatuteYear=2009
Florida Hit-and Run
Under Florida law 316.027, any driver involved in a crash that results in injury of any type is required to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene, or as close by as possible, and must remain on the scene to give information and render aid to the victim. That can include carrying the person to a doctor or hospital for medical treatment if requested by the injured person. (316.062). A violator is guilty of a felony of the first degree punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
You can help. The hit and run accident lawyers in Florida of the Farah & Farah law firm is a member of Hit-and-Run Reward, a national program financed exclusively by American personal injury attorneys. If you know anything about this hit-and-run driver, you will be eligible for a reward of $1,000 for anyone you turn in who is later convicted of the hit-and-run. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward (www.hitandrunreward.com) is 1-800-644-8678. Please do the right thing and get this dangerous driver off the road.
Search: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/228225/8/Detectives-search-for-hit-and-run-driver;http://public.findlaw.com/traffic-ticket-violation-law/traffic-ticket-a-z/hit-and-run-laws.html; http://archive.flsenate.gov/statutes/index.cfm?App_Mode=Display_Statute&