The motorcycle accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville have learned that a 79-year-old Ormond Beach man has been sentenced to five years probation in a deadly hit-and-run accident that killed a motorcyclist last year.
The accident occurred during the world-renowned “Bike Week” in Daytona Beach.
The elderly man had been accused of turning left into the path of a motorcycle driven by a 42-year-old New York resident. He struck the rear of the motorcycle at U.S. 1 and Airport Road in Ormond Beach.
The motorcyclist was rushed to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, but died the next day from his injuries. It was determined that the motorcyclist did not have any alcohol in his system at the time of the accident.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the elderly man fled the scene of the accident. His wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, testified that she urged her husband to stop, but that he kept driving until they got home. She said that he then got undressed and sat in front of the computer until police arrived.
The accused, who pleaded no contest to the hit-and-run charge, was looking at a minimum of 21 months in prison and could have gotten up to 30 years. However, the Circuit judge, citing the man’s health, remorse and lack of a previous criminal record, gave him the lighter sentence.
The victim’s sister, who lives in New York, called the ruling “ridiculous.”
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent or careless motorist, it is natural that you want to see that the responsible party is held liable for their actions. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system does not always provide the justice you may be seeking and does nothing to address compensation for medical bills, lifetime loss of income, funeral costs and other damages.
If you have any questions concerning a motorcycle accident wrongful death case, please call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555. Or contact us online. Let’s discuss your legal options. Your case, as always, is confidential and free.