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Charges Filed in Fatal Florida Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on July 10, 2012

An Oakland Park man wanted in connection with a recent fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident now faces charges, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Officers report that the man faces multiple charges including failing to stop or remain at the scene of a fatal accident, driving with a suspended license and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. The 37-year-old suspect is being held in the Broward County jail on $65,500 bail, which includes a previous warrant for driving on a suspended license.

The hit-and-run bicycle accident killed a 17-year-old Oakland Park youth who was riding his bike on Prospect Road around 9:40 p.m. The victim was riding in the crosswalk at Powerline Road when he was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV driven by the suspect. The suspect then fled from the scene and had been at large until recently, when officers received a tip about the Tahoe’s location. Officers found the Tahoe in the 700 block of Commercial Boulevard and apprehended the suspect. The vehicle had received some repairs after the accident for heavy damage to the left front headlight, grill and driver’s side view mirror.

Florida ranks consistently among the most dangerous state in the country for bicycle accidents. In 2009, at least 100 people were killed and 4,425 people were injured in bicycle accidents throughout our state. The previous year, our state led the country in fatal bicycle accidents. That year, one of every seven fatal bike accidents occurred here in Florida.

Making matters worse, the Orlando metropolitan area is one of the most dangerous areas in the state for bicycle accidents. Survivors frequently suffer serious injuries such as these:

  • Paralysis
  • Ruptured internal organs
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputations
  • Back injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Other life-changing injuries

If you are one of the many people injured in Central Florida bike accidents and you’re looking for an experienced Orlando bicycle accident attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004. Mr. Cunningham’s Orlando personal injury law firm has law offices throughout the area. Call today to get an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer on your side!

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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