When a death results from a hit and run, often there is no legal recourse for the family of the deceased because there is no way to identify who is legally responsible for their loved one’s death. However, sometimes police are able to identify the driver in question, as recently occurred in Miami.
A 33-year-old man out walking his fox terrier was hit and killed near the intersection of N.W. 2nd St. and N.W. 12th Ave. Although first responders transported him immediately to the Ryder Trauma Center located nearby, he did not survive. The dog ran the two blocks home to the apartment where the victim lived with his mother.
According to Miami Police Department’s assistant chief of police, they were able to identify the driver that fled and are “aware that [he] has a history of driving issues.” Police are seeking the help of the public to apprehend the man.
Police are seeking a 25-year-old man for questioning after discovering a green 2006 model Chrysler 300 with damage to its front end at the home of his family on N.W. 11th St.
Police stated the driver has a prior history of fleeing the scene of a crash, driving under the influence and driving under suspension, along with numerous criminal traffic offenses.
While this man is likely to be apprehended and face criminal charges related to the man’s death, the victim’s survivors also have another route to justice open to them. They can pursue a wrongful death action through the Florida civil court system. Both criminal and civil trials can bring closure to grieving family members coping with the senseless deaths of their loved ones.
Source: WBFS-TV, “Miami Police Name Man They Want To Question In Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash,” Peter D’Oench, Nov. 24, 2015