Oftentimes when people hear the term “hit and run”, they think of coming out of the grocery store to find that their car has been dinged by an unknown driver. Rarely do we think of fatal accidents where the responsible driver flees the scene and leaves a severely injured person behind. Sadly, it is not uncommon for a driver to leave the scene of an accident with serious injuries or death out of fear of jail time or fines. What these people often don’t consider is that the penalties are much less severe when they stay at the scene.
But that is exactly what happened this week when a teenage driver allegedly stole a car, then struck and killed a bicyclist, then fled the scene on foot in northwest Miami-Dade. Fortunately, the young man turned himself in later that day. He was identified as 18-year-old Jonathan Alexander Taylor of Hialeah. According to police, the crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Monday January 4th, in the 5800 block of Northwest 199th Street. Taylor stole a four-door silver Mazda 6, lost control of the car, jumped the median and struck 67-year-old Braulio Perez who was riding his bicycle. Taylor fled the scene on foot and Perez was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he later died of his injuries. Taylor faces charges of leaving the scene with a death, vehicular homicide and not having a valid driver’s license.
The death of a loved one is made all the more painful when it is the result of negligence on behalf of another person or entity. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., our experienced wrongful death attorneys offer compassionate legal representation, and strives to hold negligent people and companies responsible for their actions. We do this by working with accident reconstructionists and other investigative professionals to determine the speed of travel and the distance traveled after impact. These measurements allow reconstructionists to determine within a small variance the reaction time and essentially reconstruct how the accident occurred. We help family members who have lost loved ones due to the negligent or intentional actions.
If a fatal car, trucking, pedestrian, motorcycle, or other accident has you looking for answers and sensitive legal representation, contact our firm today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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