Local law enforcement is on the hunt for a driver who fled the scene of an accident they caused on the afternoon of Sunday, October 20.
According to reports, the accident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. that day on the northbound section of U.S. 301 at its intersection with State Road 70. A driver failed to stop into a red light, crashing into several vehicles as a result. The news release issued by the Florida Highway Patrol described the vehicle as a black Nissan sedan that had dark tinted windows.
Police say they obtained a partial license plate of MJC during the investigation. Three other vehicles sustained damage, and two people, a 40-year-old and a 40-year-old driver, both sustained minor injuries. The suspect’s vehicle was expected to have front-end damage consistent with the accident.
Anyone with information was encouraged to get in touch with the FHP.
All parties required to remain at accident site
It is illegal for anyone to leave the scene of an accident, even if you were not at fault in the accident. All parties must remain behind at the scene of the accident to exchange contact and insurance information, and to wait for police and medical responders to arrive.
A failure to remain at an accident site is a criminal offense punishable by fines and potential jail time, with the crime escalating to the level of a felony if there were serious injuries or fatalities. Felony hit and run can come with some significant prison sentences and other consequences.
For more information about the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.