Tragic Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Crash Reported on Interstate 10 in Escambia County
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Northescambia.com writes that a pedestrian died in a wreck when a driver struck the young man on Interstate 10. The incident took place in the evening when the 23-year-old was apparently walking between the interstate’s middle and right lanes. A 21-year-old woman saw the man and stated that she tried to swerve but struck him with her 2013 Kia Soul.*
After the Kia collided with the victim, a tractor-trailer also struck the man. The truck then fled the scene of the crash. Police do not have a description of that vehicle at this time but stated that the truck itself would have evidence on it from the incident. Officers are asking that anyone with information about the truck or the driver contact the Florida Highway Patrol. The investigation is still underway.
Florida has the third-highest number of hit-and-run drivers in the country. Police state that sometimes drivers who leave the scene of a crash do so because they panic. The reaction of panicking and leaving a crash scene can cause what would have been a minor traffic violation into a criminal act.
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Sources:http://www.northescambia.com/2020/02/pedestrian-struck-and-killed-on-i-10 and https://www.fox13news.com/news/fhp-tampa-highest-in-hit-and-runs-drivers-who-flee-would-usually-face-simple-citation and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/hit-run-deaths-hit-record-high/