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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Motorcyclist in Orange County, Florida


January 29, 2020

ORLANDO, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that a motorcyclist died in a hit-and-run crash that took place early this week in Orlando. The fatal collision occurred in the early morning on Taft Vineland Road close to the intersection with Satellite Boulevard.*

Police stated that a driver operating a 2013 Mazda drove into oncoming traffic striking a westbound 2015 Yamaha head-on. The crash killed the 38-year-old motorcyclist at the scene. The driver operating the Mazda fled the scene of the crash. According to the police, the suspect is in his twenties or thirties, Hispanic, and has a full beard. At the time of the incident, the driver was wearing a red shirt and jeans. Police are looking for any information about the motorist and are asking witnesses to contact the crime line. 

Hit-and-run drivers are often drunk at the time of a crash. These individuals fear retribution for their actions and will attempt to flee the scene and evade arrest. While leaving the scene of a crash is illegal, drivers who know that they are facing severe legal consequences either way often choose to take a chance and try to avoid being identified. 

In many cases, police must rely on the public in locating these suspects. Especially in the event of a late night or early morning crash, there may be few people around to provide valuable information for officers to work with. Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes are increasing around the country. The largest number of victims are pedestrians. Vulnerable road users are more at risk because vehicles are still drivable following an impact with a person or bike. Florida comes in as the third-worst state when comparing rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.clickorlando.com/traffic/2020/01/27/fatal-crash-closes-taft-vineland-road-in-orange-county/ and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/hit-run-deaths-hit-record-high/ and https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/Florida-has-one-of-the-highest-rates-of-fatal-hit-and-run-crashes-study-finds_167694238/


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