Investigators from the Florida Highway Patrol recently asked for assistance in finding a man who fled the scene of a car accident that resulted in serious injuries to an 80-year-old woman.
The accident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m on Friday, December 27. According to police, a man was driving a Volkswagen Jetta south on Eighth Street East in Bradenton, heading toward 49th Avenue East in the Golf Lakes Motor Home Park. At this time he hit the right side of a parked golf cart that was facing south, as the victim was collecting her mail.
The victim was rushed to Blake Medical Center to be treated for her serious injuries. The driver of the Jetta left the vehicle and fled on foot after the car spun off the road and hit a palm tree. Witnesses estimated him to be in his early 30s. Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol or Manatee CrimeStoppers.
Hit and runs have serious consequences
It can be frustrating to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident, because it adds some complications to any personal injury claim you wish to file. But when the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident is found, he or she faces some significant consequences, including the potential for felony charges and prison time in cases involving serious injuries or death. Civil personal injury cases also have the potential to include punitive damages when the liable party leaves the scene of the accident.
To learn more about the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh