All the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has to go on is a broken headlight and a front panel from a blue Toyota. That’s what remained after a car collided with a bicyclist in Orange County on Tuesday, October 4, on southbound John Young Parkway. The 21-year-old bicyclist was crossing the southbound lane on the left turn lane when the motorist, also southbound, hit the rider on the inside lane at Bear Bryant Drive. The motorist then left the scene.
So far, the FHP has no witnesses. The agency says charges are pending and could include reckless or careless driving under Florida law 316.192. Reckless is defined as speeding, driving under the influence, or racing. A fear of being charged is one of the reasons that Florida hit-and-run drivers leave the scene.
The bicyclist was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is in serious condition. Let’s all pray the bicyclist recovers and that a witness comes forward to turn in this reckless driver.
There were 99 bicyclists killed during Florida bicycle car collisions in 2010, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of hit-and-run incidents.
Because of these staggering statistics, Farah & Farah is dedicated to stopping hit-and-run collisions. We have joined other personal injury law firms nationwide in funding Hit-and-Run Reward. We believe if you turn in a hit-and-run driver you will be doing a public service and you can receive $1,000 from Hit-and-Run Reward for doing the right thing. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward (www.hitandrunreward.com) is 1-800-644-8678.