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Hit and Run Accidents In Florida

hit+and+run+in+kinston.jpgThe Northwest Florida Daily News reports that there was a deadly hit and run accident early Sunday morning on April 17, 2016, that is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on U.S. 98 at the Hathaway Bridge that left one person dead and another in jail.

Car Turns Driver In For Hit And Run

It was a vehicle's emergency system that eventually turned in a lady who was involved in a hit and run last month in south Florida. As police received a call from a victim who said she had been struck from behind by a black vehicle that sped off, police dispatch got an automated call from a vehicle emergency system stating the owner of a Ford vehicle was involved in a crash and to press zero to speak with the occupants of the vehicle. The victim had to be taken to the hospital with back injuries.

Hit And Run Accidents Are On The Rise

According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, a Baker man accused of a string of hit-and-runs is charged with five counts of second-degree aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, This gentleman from Baker is 30 years old and is also charged with second-degree abuse of an elderly or disabled adult without great harm and second-degree fleeing with disregard of safety to people or property. Earlier this week, the OCSO received a complaint about a green Chevrolet truck traveling north on State Road 85 that was involved in at least two hit-and-run incidents and approaching Crestview. An OCSO deputy responding to the complaint reported seeing a vehicle matching the Chevy's description as it struck the rear end of a Honda Civic just north of the S.R. 85-PJ Adams Parkway intersection, "causing the Honda to fishtail and travel into the median," an arrest report states. The Chevy then closely followed a Dodge Ram truck, whose driver swerved into the median; the Chevy swerved too and struck the Dodge truck's rear end, according to the arrest report. The 30 year old man, along with his passenger, a 76-year-old woman, eventually crossed the S.R. 85-Rasberry Road intersection, speeding approximately 65 mph in the 45 mph zone, according to the arrest report. It U-turned south in front of Dunkin' Donuts and turned into the Captain D's parking lot, where it stopped.

Hit And Run Accidents

Various news agencies reports of a tragic accident that occurred early Saturday morning. According to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, the crash occurred about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Beal Parkway and Hollywood Boulevard. A 29-year-old motorcyclist was in critical condition and the driver of the other vehicle was arrested after a hit-and-run crash. Officers arrived to find the motorcyclist unconscious in the road with significant injuries to his head and face. A medical helicopter was unable to fly because of bad weather, so the man was taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Police saw the suspect vehicle as it raced away and were able to stop and detain the driver and passenger. The driver was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a traffic crash with serious bodily injury, police reported. On Sunday night, a green late model Jeep Grand Cherokee hit an 18-year-old pedestrian on Dogwood Drive near Berryhill Road. Witnesses say the driver took off. The victim was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital. Police say the green Jeep is missing the right headlight. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured in these accidents. We hope for a speedy recovery.

Hit And Run on Interstate 10 Near Okaloosa County

I've blogged a lot about hit and run accidents. It is my hope that educating people on the ramifications of causing an accident will cause that individual to stay at the scene and accept the consequences of causing an accident. Thus, it was disappointing to read an article in the Northwest Florida Daily News about a hit and run. The paper reports that a four vehicle wreck on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon damaged four vehicles including a tractor trailer. The driver of the Nissan Frontier which set off the chain reaction wreck has not been identified. The Frontier was traveling east in the right lane of I-10 about 2 p.m. (CST) when it changed lanes, pushing a second vehicle into the median. That car, a 2003 Honda Civic, driven by A 21-year-old , crossed the median into the path of a 2005 BMW driven by a female from Gulf Breeze. The Civic struck the front right of the BMW. It then struck the left side of a 2012 tractor trailer driven by a male from Baton Rouge. The impact caused the truck to jack knife and travel onto the north shoulder, where the trailer separated from the truck and overturned multiple times, the release said. The Frontier fled the scene eastbound on I-10. It was described as a newer model white Nissan Frontier pickup, with either an extended cab or a crew cab. It might have damage to the driver's side and possibly be marked with red paint from the collision. The driver of the Civic and the tractor trailer received minor injuries and were taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center, the release said. The tractor trailer sustained $300,000 in damages, while the Civic received $10,000. The BMW had $5,000 in damages. What should you do following a crash?

Hit And Run Car Accidents Increasing In Florida

WEAR reports that hit and run wrecks are increasing in Florida. As a consequence, the state is starting a new campaign to let everyone know that leaving the scene of a crash can end in tougher penalties. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says people killed in hit and runs jumped 23% from 2013 to 2014. The numbers have jumped by 12,000 cases between 2012 and last year with 184 deaths and more than 2,100 injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol says leaving the scene of an accident is a bad decision not turning yourself in makes a bad decision worse. Under new law signed by Governor Scott called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run is mandatory jail time of 4 years. It makes leaving the scene of a wreck a second-degree felony.

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