Many people are not able to afford an automobile and have to rely on a bicycle. They are law-abiding citizens and work hard. They just can’t afford a car and other expenses associated with owning a vehicle.
A 26-year-old St. Augustine man was recently hit and killed while riding his bicycle home from work, according to media reports. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Law enforcement officials say Madison Jacob Meyer was apparently riding his bike near Hilltop Road and Kings Estate Road on November 23, 2014. His father said he had worked a long shift at a fast food restaurant.
Myers body was discovered dead alongside the road at around 6:53 a.m. the next morning by someone taking an early morning walk. A bicycle was near the body and had apparently been hit by a vehicle. Myers had suffered significant blunt force trauma.
A neighbor in the area thought the accident occurred around 11 p.m. the previous night. He heard a loud sound, but did not know what had happened. He did not report the incident at the time.
Police believe they had a lead on the vehicle that was involved in the accident and had executed a search warrant. The vehicle was covered in a tarp and had damage that might signal an accident. No charges had been filed, but the police are highly suspicious. An anonymous caller had led police to the vehicle, which means justice might be served for man who was just trying to ride his bicycle home after a long day at work.
A bicyclist is considered a vulnerable road user and deserves special protection. Leaving the scene of an accident when someone is significantly injured is a serious crime in Florida, especially to a pedestrian or bicyclist. The crime is a felony and a person can face up to four years in prison. The person can also lose his or her license for up to five years.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involved a hit and run driver, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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