Charges Pending for Orlando Hit-and-Run Driver
A major step forward for one of the numerous hit-and-run accidents that remains unsolved within Florida took place this past week when troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol received a tip that led them to discovering a car that they believe to be responsible for the incident.
The initial collision happened towards the end of February, on Saturday, the 23rd. A 70-year-old Wisconsin resident was traveling down State Route 528 when they ran out of gas. It is not known how long this person was sitting in their car before another vehicle came along, but the 70-year-old was able to hail a passing car. When this second car stopped, the Wisconsin resident exited their vehicle and began to approach the pulled over car.
While the two drivers were conversing, a third vehicle entered the area. Traveling down the eastern lane of State Route 528, the driver of this car either failed to see the man standing near the road or believed themselves to have enough room while driving by. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and this car struck the 70-year-old man, inflicting fatal injuries on them as a result. After the accident, the driver of this third car failed to stop or in any way acknowledge what had happened. Instead, they continued to travel east on State Route 528, disappearing down the road.
This individual would likely have remained unknown were it not for an anonymous tip that the Florida Highway Patrol received. The exact nature of this tip is unknown, but it is clear that as a direct result of this information troopers were able to locate a Dodge Charger that had sustained damage matching the sort that would have occurred had it struck the 70-year-old. This damage includes a large dent to its front passenger side as well as a missing side-view mirror.
At the time of this writing, all charges against the driver of this vehicle – who reportedly told the investigators that they had struck a deer – are pending the results of lab tests on the Charger. If the tests come back positive, proving that this was indeed the vehicle involved in the hit and run, the owner and driver of the car will begin facing serious consequences for their actions.
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.