Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash Reported in Ocala, Florida (FL)
OCALA, FL- Wcjb.com writes that a tragic hit-and-run crash left one person dead in Ocala this week. The early morning crash occurred when the victim was attempting to cross Northeast 14th Street.*
Witnesses were on the scene and called 911 immediately after the incident. The driver fled the scene following the fatal crash. The victim’s identity has not been released at this point. Police stated that they do have information regarding the vehicle that was involved in the crash, but that they are not releasing a description yet at this time.
The crash is still under investigation, and officers stated that when they require help from the public in identifying the automobile involved in the crash, they will release a statement. One official stated that the city is always trying to remind cyclists and pedestrians to stay safe when on the road, and for drivers to be on the lookout for people as well.
The fatal crash marks the fifth person to die in a pedestrian crash in Ocala this year and is the city’s second hit-and-run.
In Florida, about one in every four crashes involves a driver who then flees the scene. Fortunately, the majority of hit-and-runs only result in property damage, but some lead to severe injuries and deaths.
In 2014, Florida increased its penalties for hit-and-runs in response to a tragic crash in which a 31-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a drunk driver who left the accident scene. The motorist in that case only served two years, which means his sentence was shorter than it would have been had he remained at the crash site and faced DUI charges. Now there is a mandatory four-year minimum sentence for drivers who leave the scene of a deadly collision in Florida.
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