Two Pedestrians Killed in Brevard County Hit-and-Run
A devastating auto accident was reported in Brevard County very early on the morning of Monday, February 15th. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place shortly after 1:00 a.m. and involved a single car and two pedestrians.
It was dark throughout Brevard County as two individuals, a man and a woman from Cape Canaveral, were on foot and near the southern shoulder of State Road 528. The reports indicated that the investigating authorities are not certain whether the two individuals were walking or if they were simply standing near to the road at the time that a 39-year-old Merritt Island resident approached behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus believed to belong to the driver’s mother.
At an area of the road that is close to the intersection of State Road 528 and State Road 3, the path of the driver of the Taurus and the paths of the two pedestrians intersected. The force of the crash was devastating, and inflicted fatal injuries on both of the pedestrians.
After striking the two pedestrians, the driver of the car left the scene of the crash. It was only after reaching their home that they called the authorities to report an accident had taken place. The driver told police that the cell phone they had with them in the car was dead, and that he did not possess a charger while in the vehicle.
After determining the location of the crash, paramedics and EMTs rushed to the area. There, they found both of the pedestrians had already died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the collision.
The driver of the vehicle told authorities that shortly before the hit-and-run accident took place, they had ingested a 15mg amount of Oxycontin received as a prescription in order to overcome a heroin addiction. Officers received this information but also stated they had reason to believe that the person was under the influence of other drugs at the time of the accident. As a result, the driver of the car was arrested and charged with numerous things, such as DUI manslaughter and fleeing from the scene of a fatal crash.
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.