Police Search for Driver in Fatal Orange County Hit and Run
A 59-year-old Casselberry man was hit and killed as he crossed the street. The accident took place on September 9th along Semoran Boulevard near Driggs Drive in Orange County around 8:50 p.m. The driver did not stop after the accident and fled the scene.
According to the Florida State Patrol, Aldo Guida was crossing Semoran Boulevard to purchase a pack of cigarettes at a local market. The road was dark and he did not use a crosswalk. But Guida had crossed the road many times to go to the market.
As Guida crossed the road, a 2007 or 2008 dark-colored Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on Semoran Boulevard. The vehicle was believed to be traveling at a high rate of speed. The left side of the vehicle hit Guida, and he was thrown onto the road.
Emergency personnel performed CPR and other emergency procedures on Guida, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities immediately began a search for the vehicle. Charges are pending when the vehicle in located.
Guida was the father of four children and was only a short distance from his house. Family members told local media outlets that they want justice after the death of Guida. One of his daughters had heard the accident and ran to the scene, only to see her father dead in the road. The family could not understand how a person could hit someone on the road and leave him to die. They asked the driver of the vehicle to come forward and turn himself or herself in to authorities.
The vehicle will have significant damage on the driver’s side, including the fender and the headlight. The windshield might also be shattered. As well, the Nissan emblem came off in the accident.
Hit and run accidents are becoming more common in Florida. They increased 7 percent between 2013 and 2014, and there has been every indication that the number will increase when the latest statistics are released. As a result, the Florida legislature increased the penalties for hit and run accidents recently.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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.