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Police Make Arrest in Fatal Florida Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 29, 2012

Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident in Orange County that killed a man recently. Police say that the victim was riding his bike on Albatross Street around 10 p.m. one recent evening and was trying to cross Park Avenue when he was struck by a Toyota Yaris. The impact threw him onto the street, where he was run over by a 2003 Infiniti SUV driven by an Apopka woman. Police report that the SUV dragged the victim’s body “a substantial distance” and that the victim died immediately after being struck by the SUV. The accident shocked James O. Cunningham and other Orlando bicycle accident attorneys due to the woman’s callousness. After striking the victim and dragging his body an unknown distance, witnesses say she stopped but did not get out of her car despite being told by three witnesses that she had hit the bicyclist.

She told police that after she saw that she had run over the victim, she called 911 and drove to her home. During their investigation, police found that she had asked a friend to take the SUV to a repair shop to fix damage from the accident. The impact broke a plastic engine guard beneath the SUV, and police used a piece of the guard to identify the make and model of the SUV. Using that evidence and multiple leads from witnesses, they linked the woman to the fatal hit-and-run accident. When police arrived at the woman’s home to investigate, they smelled decomposing tissue in the garage and found a broken engine guard missing the shard that they had found at the accident scene. The woman faces multiple charges including leaving the scene of an accident involving death and tampering with or destroying evidence.

Horrible accidents like this only add to the Orlando area’s unenviable reputation as a dangerous place for bicyclists and pedestrians. When bicyclists are struck and injured, they need an experienced and aggressive Orlando personal injury lawyer like Mr. Cunningham to protect their rights and help them receive the compensation they deserve. When they are killed by a negligent driver in tragic accidents like this one, their families need a wrongful death attorney to protect their interests and help them recover damages. Mr. Cunningham has been helping injured people and families since 1977 and handles each aspect of a client’s case personally. If you would like to speak with him to learn more about your rights and legal options, call him today at 800-425-2004 to schedule a free consultation.

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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