The Gainesville Sun reports that the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) wants the public’s help in solving a mysterious hit-and-run crash involving a Gainesville motorcyclist who was killed on U.S. 441 in May 2010. The 27-year-old motorcyclist was struck by a white Chevy or Ford pickup that had large tires, chrome rims, and may have been suspended. After the accident, it would have had damage on the right front bumper from where the pickup hit the motorcyclist’s bike from behind. The rider was ejected from the bike and landed about 10 feet from the edge of the highway. The FHP report says he was not wearing a helmet and the pickup truck driver left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. W.J. Berger at 1-800-387-1290, extension 120 or 955-3181 extension 310.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the motorcyclist for their loss.
In 2009, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that there were 376 motorcyclists killed in the state and 8,313 injuries, a decline from the previous year (9,618).
Under state law, in an accident where there is personal or property damage, you have a duty to stop and render aid and answer questions to law enforcement. Leaving the scene where there is an injury can bring a third degree felony change and 15 years in state prison. Leaving the scene where there is a fatality can bring up to 30 years in prison.
Because hit-and-run collisions are such a problem in our state, the Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at 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 keep a dangerous driver off the road and you could receive a financial reward of $1,000 for anyone you turn in who is later convicted. This program is offered in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward program, so doing the right thing could yield you $2,000. The phone number for Hit-and-Run Reward is 1-800-644-8678.