The St. Petersburg Times has reported on another sad case of a hit-and-run driver who left the scene of an injured bicyclist who later died. The 55-year-old man was on his bicycle in the downtown Tampa area crossing Waters Avenue at Ashley Street when a vehicle, believed to be a red sedan, hit him. The cyclist was on his way to Kmart Sunday, October 16, and when he was hit he reportedly got up and moved his bicycle out of the road, but then collapsed. His sister got word of his death a short time later.
They were best friends who lived together and she says there will be many friends and family members anxious for answers as to who could have done this to a man who had three adult sons, loved life, and collected antiques.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help. The driver of the small car headed north on Florida Avenue, and the police report states he may have front end damage to his car and a broken headlight.
The driver who left the scene could be punished by spending up to 30 years in prison for leaving the scene and failing to render aid, which is a first degree felony.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa police at (813) 231-6130. Crime Stoppers will also allow you to make a report anonymously at 1-800-873-8477.
Crime Stoppers and Hit-and-Run Reward both offer cash incentives to do the right thing. The Tampa bike accident lawyers at Farah & Farah are a member of the group which offers a financial reward of $1,000 to turn in a dangerous driver who left the scene of an accident.
The number for Hit-and-Run Reward (www.hitandrunreward.com) is 1-800-644-8678.