The Florida Highway Patrol has released a statement regarding the hit-and-run accident that occurred along Marigold Avenue and San Remo Road around 9:30pm in Kissimmee on Friday. The statement describes how a pedestrian, who has been identified as the 34-year-old Alexis Perez, from Kissimmee, was crossing the street when he crossed into the path of a Volvo driven by the 31-year-old Jeannie Marie Petrie, also from Kissimmee. Petrie was driving north on Marigold Avenue when Perez appeared before her. Petrie hit Perez with the Volvo and then proceeded to run her over. When emergency vehicles arrived they pronounced Perez dead at the scene.
According the statement issued by the Florida Highway Patrol’s Kim Montes, after Petrie ran Perez over, she fled from the scene of the accident. The state troopers were able to track Petrie back to her house where she was promptly arrested. The troopers proceeded to book Petrie into the Osceola County Jail, with a bond set at $15,000. The charges that she currently faces include: not stopping at the scene of the crash which involved a death, as well as driving while holding a suspended license and causing a death.
As the investigation goes forward, it will become increasingly clear whether or not further charges will be leveled against Petrie as well as whether or not she is the primary party responsible for the accident. Regardless of if she is or is not found to be negligent behind the wheel and thus guilty of manslaughter, Petrie will still face the already mentioned charges.
Every year, pedestrians are killed by vehicles throughout Florida. Because of the extreme deadliness which a car inherently possesses, it is up to those behind the wheel to be extremely vigilant to ensure that the people around them are safe. When this diligence falters, accidents, often deadly, occur. Again, as of this moment it is unsure whether or not this particular accident was due to some irresponsibility on Petrie’s part or not, but the reality of the situation is that she is alive while Perez is not.
For over 35 years, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. has been helping the victims of Florida pedestrian accidents. For a free initial consultation, contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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