A 27-year-old man suffered severe injuries in a hit-and-run accident in Broward County on Nov. 16, according to authorities. Law enforcement officials reportedly suspect that a 23-year-old woman involved in the crash was impaired while driving.
The 27-year-old man was driving a 2004 BMW, authorities said. Following the accident, emergency personnel transported him to the hospital with a fractured skull.
Authorities reported that the accident happened on southbound Interstate 75 near Griffin Road, where the 23-year-old woman was driving a Chevrolet Impala that hit the BMW. Officials discovered the BMW in a grassy area off the highway, and accident reports indicate that the BMW sustained considerable damage due to a rollover after the collision.
The Florida Highway Patrol commenced an investigation into the accident. Troopers allegedly found the 23-year-old driver’s shoes and the remains of a green leafy substance on the floor of the Impala. They purportedly located the 23-year-old woman hiding behind a hedge by a nearby car dealership. Officials allege that the woman spoke to troopers with a slurred voice and evinced several mood changes. Furthermore, she purportedly refused to undergo toxicology testing at the hospital.
The woman’s purse allegedly contained marijuana weighing 102.6 grams. The suspect is facing charges of DUI, leaving the scene with injury and having marijuana in her possession with intent to sell.
While the accusations in this case remain alleged, it is true that motorists who suffers injury caused by a negligent driver may seek restitution in civil court, irrespective of whether there are criminal charges pending in connection with the accident. A personal injury suit may be used by accident victims as a tool to recover financial losses tied to medical care and lost wages deriving from the accident.
Source: Sun Sentinel , “Woman accused of DUI, running away from crash“, Emily Miller, November 17, 2014