Mount Dora Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run
On the morning of Saturday, December 5th, officers with the Mount Dora Police Department received a call alerting them to the presence of a pedestrian lying in the lanes of Southbound 411, close to Lincoln Avenue. According to the person who made the call, the pedestrian had been struck by a car and appeared severely injured.
It was near 6:30 in the morning when members of the Mount Dora Police Department rushed to the scene in order to verify the statements made by the caller. When they arrived, they found that things were indeed as described: in the roadway was a 43-year-old man, and this man had been struck by a vehicle. By the time the officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, there was nothing that they could do for the badly injured pedestrian. This person was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
The next major area of investigation concerned what exactly happened to this person. When the police arrived, there were no other vehicles in the area, making it appear as though the case was a hit-and-run collision. In situations like this, police detectives will scour the area for any information they can find relating to the crash in the hopes that a piece of plastic, glass, or metal might give them valuable clues as to what happened and what sorts of vehicles were involved.
It is not clear if this sort of investigation took place, but what we do know is that the authorities believe themselves accurate in stating that the person who placed the initial call relating to the presence of the pedestrian within the roadway was, in fact, the person who was behind the wheel of the car when the hit-and-run happened. Shortly after coming to this conclusion, the driver of the car involved in the hit-and-run returned to the scene of the crash and confirmed the officer’s suspicions.
At the time of this writing, the driver of the car – the person who, although they left the crash site after the collision, called the police and returned to the scene of the accident – is not facing any charges. The incident remains under investigation.
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.