A Florida hit and run car accident can be a misdemeanor or felony crime. It depends on the injury involved. Obviously, the most serious hit and run charge results if a person dies due to injuries sustained from the car accident. If you are involved in a car accident that causes injuries, you must stop and render aid. If you do not, you could be facing criminal charges. Here is a recent example of a Jacksonville leaving the scene of an accident worst-case scenario:
“Jacksonville police have identified a suspect in Sunday’s hit-and-run death of a 2-year-old girl at an apartment complex. Janya Diane Solomon walked in front of the vehicle at Harold House apartments while it was stopped so the occupants could talk to a pedestrian, police said Monday. The vehicle began to accelerate and hit the toddler. The driver got out after the accident and the passenger slipped over to the driver’s seat and began to drive away. The driver got back in before they fled. The vehicle was later located at Leigh Meadows Apartments at 4320 Sunbeam Road but not the driver. The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for Serdarus Migel Scott, 34, as the suspect. The toddler lived at the apartment complex at 3650 Ring Lane where the accident occurred about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The complex is off Emerson Street east of Interstate 95. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.” (Florida Times Union)
I am sure that the driver fled because he was scared. He may have been a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender and was worried that he was going to be arrested for Jacksonville driving on a suspended license. He could have been intoxicated and was worried about getting a Jacksonville driving under the influence charge. He could have been on probation and was afraid of violating his Florida probation. He may have had illegal drugs in his car. If so, he was afraid of the police arriving and him being charged with a Florida drug charge. Regardless of why the driver fled, things are going to be much worse now. He will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He may even face manslaughter charges.
If you have a Florida drivers license, it is important to know Jacksonville Florida’s Traffic Laws. Visit Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers website and read Jacksonville Hit and Run Laws After Leaving the Scene of a Crash for information about leaving the scene or an accident. If police are investigating you for a hit and run crash, you should speak with a Jacksonville criminal attorney. There is nothing wrong with having a lawyer present when you talk to the police. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 to speak to Jacksonville lawyer about your case.