Most motorcycle accidents involve a car hitting a motorcycle. However, a recent motorcycle crash in Florida involved a motorcycle and a pedestrian. A woman was run over by a motorcyclist and left to die in the middle of a road. The motorcyclist was tracked down, and he now faces charges.
The fatal motorcycle accident happened just before midnight on the evening of March 27. The 23-year-old man and two other motorcyclists were speeding down a road in Orlando when he hit a 52-year-old woman crossing the road. The woman was left in the road near an intersection as the man sped away. Someone called 911, and the woman was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. She died several hours later.
The man couldn’t evade police for long. He was found down the road from the crash and taken to Orange County Jail. His motorcycle was damaged, and he had blood on his clothes. He faces several charges, including driving with a suspended license, vehicular homicide and leaving an accident scene.
Besides the criminal charges, the man could also face a wrongful death lawsuit if the victim’s family decides to sue. His negligence caused a woman’s death. Not only did he hit the woman, but he took off without rendering aid. Had he stopped to help, the woman could still be alive.
Criminal charges, though, are not required in order for an injured person or the family of someone who died to seek compensation through civil court. Experienced personal injury attorneys may provide information on pursuing claims for wrongful death, medical expenses and other damages.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Police: Woman identified in fatal pedestrian-motorcycle crash” Tiffany Walden, Mar. 28, 2014