Late Tuesday, May 17, Jacksonville police announced they arrested an 18-year-old, charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash on the Westside. The teen was allegedly driving a white pickup truck that hit and killed a 23-year-old woman who was riding an electric wheelchair on the side of Lambine Road early Saturday morning, May 14. Channel 4 reports the young woman was returning home with a pizza in the electric chair because she didn’t have a car when a full-size Dodge pickup truck traveling southbound in the 4600 block hit her. Witnesses told the television station that it appeared the truck was racing with an ATV down the dark, narrow road. Unfortunately, there are no sidewalks and only a drop off on either side of the road. The young woman was not disabled but had borrowed the chair from a family member.
Her fiancé says he was in the road waiting for the young woman to return and he tried to warn the driver. Instead he saw his fiancé struck by the truck which then stopped for a minute or two before driving off.
Reports were solicited through Crime Stoppers and Tuesday afternoon the young man was booked into the Duval County jail on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.
Hit-and-Run Reward is a program the Jacksonville car accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have joined because hit-and-run collisions are such a problem in Florida. Financed by personal injury attorneys, if you turn in a suspect who is later convicted of the hit-and-run you can be eligible for another $1,000 in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward. Not only that, but you will remove a dangerous driver from the road. Call Hit-and-Run Reward at 1-800-644-8678 if you have information on a hit-and-run in Florida today.