In Florida and beyond, pedestrians are often at risk when nearby motorists are negligent or reckless behind the wheel. Earlier this year, a tragedy occurred that resulted in the death of a woman and her dog. The incident sparked a police investigation that remains active at this time. A man who is grieving the loss of a loved one in the fatal auto accident says he trusts that justice will be served.
The man’s 63-year-old girlfriend was walking her dog when she was struck by a vehicle. Sadly, she did not survive her injuries, and the person driving the vehicle that hit her did not remain at the scene. However, the vehicle was found in a garage later.
Police say they believe they know who was driving the car and have released a photograph to the public. There is a $3,000 reward available for anyone who provides information to investigating officers regarding the woman’s whereabouts. The boyfriend of the decedent has issued a public statement, saying no one should help the hit-and-run driver hide, and anyone caught doing so will likely be charged with aiding and abetting.
The 52-year-old woman who police say was driving the vehicle that struck the pedestrian has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal auto accident. Often, once police find hit-and-run drivers, it not only leads to a criminal trial, but often also leads to wrongful death claims in civil court filed by immediate family members of those whose deaths were caused by the negligent or reckless actions of those arrested and charged with such crimes. Anyone considering filing such a claim in Florida may wish to discuss his or her case with an experienced personal injury law attorney before heading to court.