Law Enforcement Holds Conference on Hit-and-Runs in West Miami-Dade, FL
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FL. – Law enforcement officers held a press conference in West Miami-Dade, Florida, about hit-and-run vehicle accidents, according to an online news story posted by wsvn.com. Families also joined the press conference to help raise awareness about the effects of hit-and-run accidents on victims and their relatives.*
The press conference took place on February 19 and was organized by Florida Highway Patrol in conjunction with local law enforcement. Officers want people to understand not only that they can suffer criminal penalties by leaving the scene of an accident, but that they also have a serious effect on victims and families when they leave the scene.
Families at the press conference shared their stories and explained how hit-and-run accidents have affected their lives. One woman told the crowd that she lost her son to a hit-and-run collision in September 2018 on State Road 9 and Northwest 22nd Avenue.
A husband and wife also spoke about an accident that occurred when they were traveling with their three young sons. A vehicle crashed into their car in August 2018 on the Palmetto Expressway. The driver left the scene, while the couple’s car ended up colliding with a third vehicle.
These stories are two of about 100,000 that make up the hit-and-run collisions in the area last year. Almost 200 people were killed in these accidents. Troopers said at the press conference that these types of collisions have risen to “epidemic proportions” in Florida and are growing worse each year.
In Florida, a hit-and-run injury accident can result in third-degree felony charges. Officers and families want to spread the word that drivers should always stay at the scene, and witnesses should always speak up.
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