Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver Suspect in Okaloosa County, Florida
OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL – According to an online news report at mypanhandle.com, the Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation of a serious hit-and-run accident that left a man with life-threatening injuries.*
The accident occurred in the mid-evening hours over the weekend off of Doodle Avenue and Racetrack Road. According to witnesses, the automobile involved in the accident was a 2011 or 2012 Chevrolet Cruze that was going westbound when a pedestrian went into the roadway and was struck. The driver did not stop to render aid to the victim, leaving the 23-year-old man in critical condition.
Police believe that the person who hit the victim should have damage to the right front side of the vehicle including a broken headlight and missing right side mirror. There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by local authorities.
In the United States, hit-and-run accidents are an unfortunate reality. As a result, most states in the U.S. have enacted laws that require drivers to carry a minimum amount of automobile insurance to protect against property damage and bodily injury if an accident occurs. The reason for these laws is to ensure that drivers involved in accidents bear financial responsibility if they are deemed to be the cause of the accident. These principles, unfortunately, are abandoned in a hit-and-run accident where a driver flees the scene. Common reasons for hit-and-run accidents are as follows:
- A lack of insurance
- Driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol
- Facing a motorist who is angry
- Confusion in a multiple-vehicle accident
- Causing another automobile to drive off of the road
- Prior convictions
- Undocumented immigrant status
- Driving without a license or with a revoked or suspended license
- Evading responsibility in the absence of a camera or witnesses
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