Will a Hit-and-Run Driver Face Felony Charges?

October 1, 2014

The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash is facing additional charges in the death of a young child.

In April 2014, a Dodge Durango hit a Toyota Solara on North Goldenrod Road, forcing the car to jump the curb and crash into KinderCare DayCare Center. The driver of the Durango fled the scene.

Thirteen people were treated at local hospitals and several were treated at the scene. Arnold Palmer Hospital later confirmed that one of the victims, a 4-year-old girl, died from her injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Durango rented a replacement car and disappeared. Police later located the damaged Durango at a house belonging to the suspect’s friend.

The 28-year-old driver surrendered himself to police after Florida Highway Patrol launched a massive manhunt. He is now being charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Is a Hit-and-Run Accident a Felony?

Investigators initially hesitated to press felony charges, fearing they would have to prove that the suspect knew the other car hit the daycare.

However, legal analysts have determined that the initial crash and the daycare injuries should be considered one event.

“If he had stopped the way he was supposed to, he would have known that that car [hit] that day care center, and that a death or great bodily harm occurred,” remarked one analyst from WFTV.

In Florida, the minimum mandatory sentence for leaving the scene of an accident with death is four years. In this case, the driver faces up to 30 years behind bars.

Can I Sue a Hit-and-Run Driver?

Hit-and run drivers are already reckless, but they make the problem worse when they flee the scene. Their actions have serious consequences, so they should be held accountable.

If you have been injured in a car accident, discuss your injuries with out attorneys. We would love to hear your story.       

Source: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/suspect-fatal-winter-park-day-care-hit-and-run-fac/nhR7s/

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