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Man Arrested and Charged in Fatal Leesburg Hit-and-Run

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on November 8, 2019

A man from Leesburg has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident which took place within the city of Leesburg on October 16th. Reports from the Leesburg Police Department stated that the incident took place close to 9:40 at night, close to the intersection of State Road 27 and Little Harbor Pointe.

At this time, a Chevrolet Corvette was traveling down one of the two roads. In front of the Corvette was a Chevrolet Equinox. It seems as though the Corvette was traveling at a significantly higher rate of speed than the Equinox and that as it approached the slower car the driver of the Corvette failed to take the difference in speed into account. As a result, the Corvette crashed into the rear of the Equinox with considerable force.

As a result of the collision, the Equinox rotated so that its side was moving forward. While in this position, the car began to roll, crashing into two additional vehicles as a result. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, the driver of the Corvette opened the door to their car and fled from the crash site. Their attempt to escape was, however, poorly planned as they made it only 100 yards or so from the scene of the crash before simply hopping over a guardrail and crouching down. It was here that police discovered and arrested the man.

When paramedics and EMTs reached the location, they did what they could to help the badly injured person inside of the Equinox. Unfortunately, the force of the crash made his injuries far more severe than was treatable by the emergency medical teams. The driver of the Equinox was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

When police searched the Corvette, they found a receipt for a bar located within Leesburg. During the course of their investigation, the authorities discovered that the man had consumed two fireball drinks and four vodka drinks within the space of an hour-and-a-half. The man was then kicked out of the bar. When police discovered him hiding behind the guardrail, his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot, and he smelled strongly of alcohol. He now faces numerous charges.


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