A 22-year-old man was struck and killed by a white Ford Mustang in Cocoa shortly before 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. The Florida Highway Patrol issued a statement that indicated the collision occurred at the intersection of School Street and Dora Avenue. The man struck by the white Mustang was taken to a nearby hospital but eventually died from his injuries. Witnesses at the scene claimed the driver of the Ford fled the scene immediately after the collision occurred.
The vehicle involved in the fatal accident was later found unoccupied not far from the scene of the collision. Police officers were able to determine that the owner of the car was a 22-year-old man. The man was interviewed by police the day after the collision but he has not been positively identified as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the hit-and-run.
The police stated that it was possible that DNA evidence may be recovered from the Mustang’s airbag. This evidence may be used to determine the identity of the driver that was operating the vehicle at the time of the collision. Police said that charges will not be filed until a thorough investigation has been completed.
An injury or death that occurs as the result of a hit-and-run vehicle collision is a serious matter. In order for damages to be paid to the victim or the victim’s family, the liability of the driver may need to be established in court. For instance, if the driver was intoxicated or distracted at the time of the crash, a lawyer may be able to submit those facts as evidence that the driver ignored duty of care while operating a vehicle and should therefore be found liable for damages.
Source: WESH, “FHP: Cocoa man killed in hit-and-run crash“, November 05, 2014