Driver faces charges in fatal hit-and-run accident

Two Florida residents died in a serious hit-and-run accident in Pine Hills in Orange County on June 1. According to reports, authorities issued an arrest warrant for the 23-year-old driver who fled the scene. As of June 9, the man has not yet been detained.

According to highway officials, the fatal car accident happened when a black sports utility vehicle crashed into a Toyota after driving through a red traffic light. The 53-year-old female driver of the Toyota and her passenger, a 78-year-old woman, were killed. The SUV driver then reportedly left the scene on foot.

A passenger in the SUV initially claimed she did not know the man. However, it was later determined that the suspect was her boyfriend. By utilizing traffic footage and tips from Crimeline, investigators were able to identify the driver. Sources indicate that once law enforcement officials apprehend the driver, he will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and vehicular homicide.

Florida residents who are confronted with the sudden loss of a family member may face many difficulties. Besides dealing with the great emotional loss of a loved one, they may experience financial hardships such as funeral expenses and a possible loss of income. However, a Florida personal injury attorney may be able to guide family members through the legal proceedings of filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to receive monetary compensation for their losses. An attorney could review traffic footage and police reports for evidence proving driver negligence.

Source: WFTV, “Troopers identify driver in hit-and-run crash that killed 2 women“, June 09, 2014