On Monday morning, a hit-and-run accident occurred in Orlando, on I-4, close to Michigan Street. A few moments later, the car involved, a four-door Chevrolet, took a turn too fast, flipped, and crashed into a pole at Michigan Street and Woods Avenue. According to the Florida Highway patrol, two women and a boy crawled out of the upside-down vehicle as it ignited in flames. The trio then climbed into another car which was at the scene and fled.
Using the information gleaned from the Chevrolet, the Florida Highway Patrol traced their way to the owner of the car, a man who has as of yet been unnamed. When he began his statement, he said that the car had been stolen. Shortly afterward, he changed his statement to say that he had actually loaned the car to the woman, and that she and the boy were both inside his house.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital, and the Florida Highway Patrol says that is expected to be fine. The woman, 49-year-old Marilyn Rivera, is the biological grandmother to the child, and at the moment she has custody over him. During the time of the accident, Rivera did not have a license. She now faces several charges: cruelty towards a minor and leaving the scene of a crash. The other woman involved in the car accident has also not been named, but it is known that she is the daughter of Rivera.
As of this moment, the Florida Highway Patrol has not released any information regarding the nature of the relationship between the man who owns the car and the three involved in the accident. It is also unclear as to who owns the second car involved and whether or not the police recovered it at the home where Rivera was discovered.
Currently, the initial hit-and-run on I-4 is still under investigation and it is unclear whether or not Rivera will also face charges regarding this incident. As well as the Florida Highway Patrol, the Department of Children and Families will engage their own investigation into the incident.
If you have been involved in an Orlando hit and run accident, contact Florida personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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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