Earlier this month an elderly woman was struck in a Fort Lauderdale hit and run accident which unfortunately killed her. According to CBS Miami, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on March 3, 2012, Digna Camacho was walking northbound on the 2400 block of Davie Boulevard when a black 2005 GMC Envoy that traveled eastbound struck her. As a result, she fell to the ground and another truck, an F150 that was also traveling eastbound, hit her. Sorry to say that the irresponsible driver of the Envoy fled the scene of the accident. Apparently after he got out of his truck and observed the woman on the ground, he drove off, but the driver of the F150 stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the police. The hit and run driver is described as having grey hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt. Sadly, Camacho was pronounced dead at the scene.
News about these kinds of tragedies is always disturbing for our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are all too familiar with these kinds of accidents and realize that there are many reasons people fail to take responsibility for their conduct in similar situations. Usually when an accident such as this one occurs it is common that the driver fears a criminal punishment due to the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drug at the time of the accident. Also, the driver could be uninsured or unlicensed motorists. In Florida, all drivers are required to have a valid state operator’s license and PIP insurance. If they are found guilty in violation of these laws, there are hefty penalties that could be imposed against them. Further, there are far too many accidents involving hit and run drivers in Florida, and in many cases the driver is never located in order for justice to be served. Hopefully, there were other witnesses present at the time of this accident who will contact law enforcement officials and provide them with additional information about the description of the perpetrator
Moreover, a hit and run accident in which a death has occurred is extremely difficult for the family. It is tough trying to deal with the death of a loved one, but when a loved one has been killed due to the negligence, reckless or irresponsibility of another whose identity remains unknown, the surviving family members further encounter challenging times in working through the grieving process. Our Fort Lauderdale hit and run lawyers sends their deepest sympathies to the deceased’s family members and are here to answer any questions they may have regarding Florida hit and run laws or the what legal options are available to them in order to recover damages from their loss.
Also, if you or a loved one has been injured of a hit and run accident, you should contact our office to speak with one of our attorneys. Our firm’s Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys represent persons who have been injured or harmed in a personal injury accident.
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