Dancer alleged to have caused personal injury to tourist

Two parents, whose son had recently traveled from several thousand miles from his home to Florida to attend the Ultra Music Fest, are waiting to learn whether their son needs brain surgery. He suffered personal injury and was listed in critical condition after he was struck by a moving vehicle as he attempted to locate a taxi cab outside a Miami-Dade nightclub on a Sunday, close to 5:30 a.m.. The woman accused of striking the man with her vehicle left jail Tuesday morning after posting a $12,500 bond.

Reportedly, the woman is a dancer, and police stated that she was unable to produce evidence of a driver’s license. She is accused of hitting the 22-year-old pedestrian from behind with her vehicle and driving away from the scene of the accident without stopping to render assistance. The young man’s father lamented that his son had taken the trip to the United States in order to have fun and, instead, became the victim of a tragedy.

A detective acting as a spokesman in the case stated that if the driver had remained at the accident site, she most likely would have received a citation and a ticket; however, she has now been charged with a felony for committing a hit-and-run, as well as for reckless driving. The woman’s car was found some time after the accident, abandoned in a cabaret parking lot. Officers say they were contacted by the woman’s attorney, who stated that she wanted to turn herself in to police. She was arrested on the day after the collision.

When anyone suffers personal injury in Florida due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person, a legal claim may be filed against the at-fault party in civil court. If the victim is deceased, surviving family members may file a lawsuit on behalf of their loved one. Acquiring legal advice is typically the first step to take when preparing to navigate the legal system in order to determine what options are available with regard to seeking a monetary judgment for damages sustained.

Source: NBC Miami, “Hit and Run Driver Who Critically Injured Tourist Out of Jail: Police“, Cherine Akbari, March 31, 2015