Nearly a year after a hit-and-run accident resulted in brain trauma to a Sarasota teenager, the driver responsible has received his prison sentence—five years on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with severe injuries, and driving without a valid license (both of which are felonies in Florida).
Troopers had to search for several days after the accident to find the responsible driver, the 25-year-old Zachari Brock of Bradenton. Brock had been driving a Kia Sedona in the accident, and was seen driving north on U.S. 41 after the accident. The Florida Highway Patrol found the van the next day and impounded it, and then arrested Brock the day after that.
Brock raised some ire due to his response to the accident, when he showed some remorse but said the crash would have been avoided had the victim not been driving so fast. He did say he shouldn’t have been driving without a license.
The victim spent weeks in the intensive care unit with traumatic brain injuries, but he was walking again months later and has made some significant strides in his recovery.
Drivers must remain at the scene after an accident
All drivers involved in accidents are expected to remain at the scene of an accident, even if the accident is minor. A failure to remain at the scene of an accident will, at the very least, be classified as a misdemeanor. It rises to felony level when the accident involves serious injuries or fatalities.
Even if you do not believe yourself to have been responsible for the accident in question, it is therefore crucial you remain behind at the scene and talk to police and medical responders when they arrive.
For more information about what you should do following an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.