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Driver Who Committed Hit-and-Run Flees the Scene of Crash in Tampa, Florida


March 19, 2020

TAMPA, FL- Tbreporter.com writes that a man who recently committed a fatal hit-and-run is now facing charges for the death of the victim. The incident occurred in Tampa when the victim, a 40-year-old woman from Tampa, was crossing Nebraska Avenue in the very early morning. The driver, identified as a man who is also from Tampa, then left the scene of the crash. Responders transported the injured woman to the Advent Health Hospital, where she later died from the injuries that she suffered in the incident.*

The Hillsborough Sheriff’s office later located the man and arrested him. The suspect is now facing multiple charges for his actions, including driving without a valid license and leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. 

Florida’s record when it comes to fatal pedestrian crashes is worse than every other state in the nation. The Sunshine State also has more hit-and-run crashes than most states and ranks third in terms of collisions involving fleeing motorists. Florida is also home to six locations that top the list of places with high numbers of hit-and-runs. In total numbers, the only states with higher amounts of hit-and-runs were Texas and California. Once population size is considered, Florida only trails Nevada and New Mexico in per capita hit-and-run wrecks.

The AAA writes that pedestrians are the most common victims in deadly hit-and-run collisions. The drivers who leave the scene often do so because they were not supposed to be driving in the first place. Hit-and-run motorists are more likely to be drunk or impaired when the crash happened, and are more likely to be traveling without a driver’s license. 

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Sources:
https://www.tbreporter.com/crime/tampa-man-charged-in-death-of-pedestrian-in-december-hit-and-run/ 

https://www.motorbiscuit.com/the-10-deadliest-states-in-a-record-year-for-hit-and-run-crashes/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html
https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf


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