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Brevard County Man Charged in Connection With Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 11, 2011

A Brevard County man charged in connection with a hit-and-run bicycle accident that seriously injured a seven-year-old boy riding his bicycle was arrested and taken into custody recently. Investigating officers say the boy was riding his bike near the intersection of Alma Boulevard and George Edwards Court on Thursday, May 26 when he tried to cross the road. Police say a Ford Ranger driven by the 41-year-old Brevard County man struck the boy and that the driver then fled the scene of the accident. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham would like to remind readers that in the event of an accident, especially a hit-and-run accident, it is everyone’s responsibility to write down a description of the vehicle and driver and report the accident to police as soon as possible.

Police found the Ranger, which belonged to the driver’s mother, in the parking lot outside a Target store several blocks from the scene of the accident. After finding the vehicle and running the license plate number, police traced the driver to his mother’s house and confronted the man who admitted hitting the boy and fleeing the scene. The boy was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment for serious injuries. The accident occurred nearly across the street from Brevard County Fire Rescue Station 41, and seasoned firefighters who witnessed the accident were stunned at the callousness of the driver.

“We were out in front of our station training. I’d actually just parked a truck over there. I was putting down the wheel chocks and the next thing I know I hear skidding. I look out on the road, I see this Ford Ranger skidding and hitting a little boy on a bike. And I mean the little kid flew up on the windshield, went flying through the air, I mean I was absolutely horrified. I mean, we see stuff like that, to see it firsthand it shook me up bad,” said BCFR firefighter Rob Hood. He said that the Ranger was speeding before the accident occurred.

It is difficult to understand how someone could hit and injure anyone, much less a seven-year-old child, and leave the scene of the accident to avoid taking responsibility for his or her actions. Yet, it happens often, and when it does, hit-and-run accident victims need an experienced, aggressive Orlando personal injury lawyer by their side to protect their rights, look out for their interests and help them receive the compensation they need. They call James O. Cunningham at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 for his experience, knowledge, work ethic and proven record of success. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver and you have questions, call today!

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 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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