Woman in Cape Coral Calling for Harsher Sentencing for Hit-and-Run Drivers
CAPE CORAL, FL- Fox4now.com writes that a car struck a woman’s vehicle in Cape Coral and that the driver then fled the scene. The incident occurred in the late morning at the intersection of Northeast 20th Street and Barbara Boulevard. According to the woman, she was stopped at a red light while driving to work, and a white pickup truck came at her at a high rate of speed. The impact pushed her vehicle into the intersection.*
The car is badly damaged, and the driver sustained injuries in the crash, but the person in the truck left the site. The victim stated that she has seen other hit-and-runs reported in the local news and that some have been deadly. In one case, the woman stated that a driver fled the scene leaving a helpless victim who should have survived but was left alone to die. Police stated that they are still investigating this incident.
Hit-and-run crashes are increasing around the country. Apprehending the drivers behind these incidents has proven challenging. The motorists often leave police with few leads. Even in the case of deadly hit-and-run collisions, the perpetrators often manage to abscond. Studies indicate that the drivers involved are often under the influence and have a greater likelihood of driving without a valid license. While fleeing the scene of a crash is illegal and can come with prison sentences and other penalties, these drivers may already be at risk for prison time and choose to risk penalties for the additional crime. Efforts to deter hit-and-run drivers may only be successful if the police manage to identify and arrest more of these suspects.
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Source:https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/cape-coral-woman-wants-harsher-punishments-for-those-who-cause-hit-and-run-crashes and https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf