Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in North Port Richey, Florida
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL- Wftv.com writes that a driver in Pasco County fatally struck a pedestrian early in the morning over the weekend. The authorities identified the victim as a 40-year-old man from Tampa. Based on debris found at the scene of the accident, including parts broken off a vehicle’s chrome bumper, the police believe that the vehicle was a large pickup truck. A bleach buck and a towel found at the scene indicated that the driver might be an employee of a pool maintenance company. The man died at the scene of the crash.*
Hit-and-run accidents are occurring more often in the United States. Since 2009, the number of people killed in hit-and-run accidents has increased by more than seven percent each year. Statistics indicate that on average, there are 682,000 hit-and-run crashes on American roads annually and that 65 percent of the victims in fatal hit-and-run crashes are either cyclists or pedestrians.
Florida has a particularly high rate of hit-and-run accidents. Per capita, the Sunshine State is in the top three deadliest states for hit-and-run crashes.
Drivers who flee after car crashes tend to be those who are concerned about being caught because they were drunk, driving without a license, or had a warrant out for their arrest at the time of the crash. These drivers are the ones who fear that they will face harsh penalties if they are caught. Of course, fleeing the scene of a crash has comes with serious consequences as well, including jail time and steep fines. The sentence a hit-and-run driver will face will depend on the jurisdiction and the severity of the harm caused by the crash. Hit-and-run drivers who caused fatal accidents will face the steepest penalties.
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