Sarasota police officers are investigating a recent hit-and-run accident that caused the death of a local woman.
According to the Sarasota Police Department, the accident occurred shortly before midnight on January 27 in the 400 block of Fruitville Road. After a preliminary investigation, officials discovered the woman’s body was found by a person passing through the neighborhood. This person called the police, and officers from the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit came out to investigate.
The woman was not immediately identified. However, officers have requested that anyone with information about the accident contact Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635.
Hit-and-run accidents have serious consequences
Per Florida law, any driver involved in a car accident must remain at the scene, regardless of their degree of fault. While they wait for officers or emergency personnel to arrive, those involved should check on the well-being of everyone involved and exchange contact and insurance information.
A person who leaves the scene of an accident could face misdemeanor hit-and-run charges. If that accident led to injuries or death, these could become felony charges.
Hit-and-run crashes cause a great deal of harm to those who have suffered injuries or property damage in an accident. If they cannot locate the at-fault party, they may need to seek compensation through their own car insurance policies. This is why it’s so important to purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
To learn more about how to proceed if you or a loved one has been injured in a serious car accident, speak with a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.