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Driver Behind Hit-and-Run in The Villages Arrested

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on November 18, 2020

The efforts of the Florida Highway Patrol in The Villages have paid off when it comes to locating and apprehending an individual believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run accident that took place within the community early in November. The initial accident took place on November 3rd and involved a motorized vehicle and a bicycle.

The reports issued from the Florida Highway Patrol at that time included the information that the person on the bicycle was a 61-year-old individual. It was close to 7:00 in the morning when this person was on their bike and riding it in one of the many golf cart lanes located throughout the city. The particular lane they were using paralleled Hillsborough Trail, close to where this road intersects with the Shale Trail Loop.

Authorities stated that it was while the cyclist was still within the bike lane that a person driving a 2003 Jaguar illegally entered the golf cart lane, struck the cyclist from behind, and then fled from the scene. Witnesses stated that the Jaguar approached the cyclist then sped up when there was nowhere for the cyclist to flee. When the car struck the rear of the bicycle, the 61-year-old was thrown onto the car’s windshield with enough force to crack his helmet in half. As a result of the crash, the cyclist suffered from a separated shoulder, a broken rib, numerous stitches along his forehead and the loss of a significant amount of his skin as a result of sliding across the asphalt.

After the bicycle accident, the driver of the Jaguar sped their vehicle away from the scene.

The license plate of the Jaguar was obtained by witnesses to the crash, leading authorities to locate and arrest a 59-year-old who, at the last update, was being held by authorities while being charged on numerous accounts.

Details to this story continue to arrive as the narrative around the hit-and-run unfolds. Currently, we know that the 59-year-old driver of the Jaguar is being held on charges that include the possession of drugs and drug equipment. This is in addition to the charges of hit-and-run.

The cyclist is believed to be recovering well after the incident.


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