Two Hits, One Run
An accident in Southwest Miami-Dade early Friday morning has left one person dead and another hospitalized in a hit and run.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement that two people, a man and woman were trying to cross U.S. 1 at the intersection of SW 288th Street around midnight when a car, white Honda headed north on U.S.1 struck the man and woman.
As required by law, the driver of the Honda stopped immediately. However, another vehicle, a small red pickup truck drove by and hit the male pedestrian again. He was knocked out of his shoes and landed past the sidewalk onto a patch of grass near the roadway.
Unlike the driver of the Honda, the driver of the red pickup did not stop.
Family members, clearly upset about the accident came to the area where the accident occurred, threatening to go to go home and bring back weapons to the scene, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez. Miami-Dade police were called in to control the situation.”’
No charges have been filed against the driver of the white Honda who did remain on the scene.
The woman was taken to Homestead Hospital. Her condition has not been released.
It is clear that the first driver in this accident was determined to do the right thing and to stop and render aid. In the State of Florida it is the law that if you are involved in an accident you must not only stop at the scene of the accident until law enforcement says you can leave, but you must also render aid. The second driver, however, did what you should never do and that is to hit-and-run.
Hit and run accidents are some of the worst that can happen. Whether it is either indifference or fear that causes a person to run after hitting and injuring another motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, it’s a serious crime and a very serious charge when you are finally caught.
The person responsible for this man’s death is definitely guilty of a crime. Because this accident involved a fatality, the guilty party faces a third-degree felony charge. It won’t stop there. The courts will more than likely side with the family of this man because of it being a hit-and-run case. Never be tempted to flee if you are involved in an accident. It is a cowardly act and one that in the eyes of the law is very serious with serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, you need solid legal counsel on your side. Don’t delay. Call our offices as soon as possible. We will match you with the legal professional who can best handle your case. Our attorneys will sit down with you and discuss your case. Most importantly, we have years of experience in the Miami-Dade area and have successfully argued accident cases in the Florida courts. Call us now so that that you can get the compensation and peace of mind that you and your family deserve.