UPDATE: 79-Year-Old Behind Brevard County Hit-and-Run Identified
Towards the end of last month, we reported on a hit-and-run accident in the Brevard County city of Viera that left a motorcyclist in serious condition and police working to find the person responsible. Early in October, and around two weeks after the initial incident, troopers working with the Florida Highway Patrol received some needed answers in the case when a 79-year-old woman from Viera identified themselves as the person behind the wheel of the Fiat Spider that struck the motorcyclist.
The initial incident happened on Saturday, September 22nd, and involved a 31-year-old motorcyclist who was riding on a motorcycle down U.S. 1. The 79-year-old behind the wheel of the Spider was traveling down the northern lanes of U.S. 1 while the motorcycle was being driven up the southern lanes when the Spider’s driver decided to make a turn off of the road that took them across the entirety of the southbound lanes. Before doing this, it is believed that the Spider’s driver either did not check to see if there was oncoming traffic or simply failed to give a detailed enough look. As a result, the turn put them in the direct path of the motorcycle.
The front of the car struck the front of the motorcycle, causing the driver of the bike to be violently thrown over the handlebars and onto the roadway. In the following moments, the driver of the Spider panicked and made the decision to flee from the scene.
Unfortunately, the driver of the Spider did not make the decision to turn themselves in without some prompting. The update to the report indicates that it was only after police found the Spider in a repair shop, where the driver was attempting to have the marks made by the collision removed from the vehicle, that the driver of the Spider on September 22nd finally handed themselves over.
This individual now faces serious charges of fleeing the scene of a crash with bodily injury. They were also issued a ticket for failure to obey the right-of-way laws.
The motorcyclist was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center for serious injuries, but it is believed that they have since been released.
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.