Man Killed In Hit And Run Accident
Whether you’re walking in the road or driving in the road, you need to be alert. If you’re walking, a car could hit you, especially in the late night and early morning hours, where visibility is reduced. If you’re driving, you need to be careful of road hazards, including pedestrians. Someone could walk out onto the road at any time.
This recently happened in Kissimmee. A man was killed after he was hit by a vehicle. The driver fled the accident scene and still has not been found. The fatal accident happened on the morning of October 22 on Pleasant Hill Road.
A 78-year-old Kissimmee man was crossing Pleasant Hill Road in the middle of the block and outside of a marked crosswalk. He was in the southbound lane near Earle Court when he was hit by a vehicle. The driver fled the accident scene.
The man was killed in the crash. Florida Highway Patrol troopers are now looking for a gray Volkswagen Passat, with a model year between 2014 and 2019. The vehicle likely has damage in various areas, including the front and left side, as well as the driver side mirror and possibly the windshield.
Pedestrian Hit and Run Accidents
When a pedestrian is hit by a car and the driver flees the accident scene, the pedestrian has no help or defense. They are often gravely injured, with many dying from their injuries.
Because of this, hit and run drivers often face severe penalties for their actions. The driver may have to pay fines or restitution to the victim. They could get their license suspended. They may also face probation or jail time.
The punishment will vary based on the severity of the accident. In a case like this where the pedestrian dies, the penalties are the most severe and may include felony charges. The driver could face many years in prison as well as hefty fines. If the pedestrian suffered minor injuries, the driver may be charged with a misdemeanor instead, which may not involve jail time.
If the driver was committing a crime at the time of the hit and run accident (such as driving while intoxicated or driving without a license), the criminal charges could be enhanced. The driver could face manslaughter or similar charges, even if they did not intentionally kill the pedestrian. Even if the pedestrian could potentially be at fault, the facts that they were driving recklessly and did not stop after the accident could be used against them.
Contact Us Today
Accidents happen, but when they do, those who cause them need to own up to them. Leaving an accident scene is immoral and illegal.
If you have been involved in a hit and run crash, contact the Kissimmee auto accident lawyers at Draper Law Office. We’ll help you understand all the laws and timelines involved. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (407) 743-6628 or filling out the online form.