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Police Searching For Driver in Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash


February 09, 2020

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL- Tampabay.com writes that a man died in a horrible hit-and-run crash over the weekend. The victim, identified as a 46-year-old man from Zephyrhills was struck by a car in the middle of the night on Sixth Avenue.*

The driver failed to stop after striking the victim. Responders pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene of the crash. The impact caused damage to the driver’s car, and police were able to identify the vehicle involved as a Honda Pilot manufactured at some point between 2003 and 2005. Investigators do not yet know the color of the vehicle. Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the collision contact the police or Crime Stoppers. 

People are often shocked by the callousness of hit-and-run drivers. Of course, drivers are obligated by law to stop if they have been involved in a crash. In the event of a fatal collision, failing to stop can result in felony charges. But the legal obligation is only part of the picture. The AAA conducted a study on hit-and-run crashes and points out that drivers have a moral obligation to stop as well. When a driver strikes a person, especially at night, there might be no one around to provide aid to the victim or to call the authorities to report the crash. By fleeing the scene, hit-and-run drivers leave their victims alone and helpless, increasing the risk of that person dying from their injuries. 

In many cases, the reason these drivers flee is that they are driving under the influence, or that they do not have a driver’s license. The fear of being caught motivates these suspects to commit another crime in their attempt to avoid being apprehended. 

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Sources:https://www.tampabay.com/news/pasco/2020/02/01/authorities-seeking-driver-after-fatal-hit-and-run-in-zephyrhills/ and https://aaafoundation.org/hit-and-run-crashes-prevalence-contributing-factors-and-countermeasures/


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