A 13-year-old boy is in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident in Manatee County July 6. According to police reports, the driver fled the scene of the crash, and investigators are now on the hunt for a new model black Cadillac. Witnesses could not provide any additional information about the vehicle.
The child is in serious condition at Tampa General Hospital. He was knocked off his bike in the crash, spinning a couple times in the air before slamming on his back on the ground. It’s unclear what exact injuries he suffered, although it was reported that he could not move after the accident.
Neighbors and the boy’s father are calling for the driver to “do the right thing” and report the accident to police.
The consequences of a hit and run
When a negligent motorist strikes a pedestrian, the driver is usually considered to be at fault. However, because this recent accident was a hit-and-run crash, the family members of the minor victim will be unable to seek compensation until the offender is identified.
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident until it has been reported to law enforcement officials, even for those who were not responsible for the crash. In Florida, an individual who leaves before police officers arrive could face felony criminal charges.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious auto accident and are unsure of your best steps moving ahead, consult a dedicated Sarasota County personal injury attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.