Driver arrested after fleeing scene of hit-and-run

A 37-year-old woman is dead following a hit and run accident in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Sept. 8. She was ejected from her Toyota after it was hit by a black Mercedes on Miami Gardens Drive. The woman was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital but succumbed to her injuries on Sept. 13.

The Mercedes driver, 35, was taken into custody on Sept. 16. and charged with first-degree leaving the scene of an accident involving death according to the Florida Highway Patrol. More charges will be filed once the FHP confers with the State Attorney’s Office. A trooper with the FHP told the news source that the man previously spent nearly nine years in prison for causing the death of an individual while driving with a suspended license.

The car accident happened near Miami Gardens Drive’s intersection with 18th Avenue. According to police, the driver ran a traffic light while speeding and crashed into the victim’s car. The collision caused the Mercedes to spin, and it struck a tow truck. The Mercedes driver fled the scene on foot but left his identification and cellphone in the vehicle. According to the news source, the driver checked on the woman before leaving.

The family members of an individual who dies after an auto accident may experience financial hardship due to medical costs incurred by their loved one before he or she passed, the loss of monetary support from that person and his or her funeral costs. If retained in pursuit of a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal car crash, a personal injury attorney could review the accident report and witness accounts to build a case against the suit’s defendant.

Source: NBC Miami, “Arrest Made in Deadly Miami Gardens Hit and Run Accident“, September 16, 2014