A 23-year-old woman from Tamarac, Florida was recently arrested on charges of DUI and hit-and-run after she allegedly caused an accident that sent a man into urgent care with a serious skull fracture.
Police discovered her abandoned 2013 Chevrolet Impala, noting the heavy front-end damage characteristic of vehicles that have been in hit-and-run accidents. The car was registered to the grandfather of Angelic Simonenko, the woman who caused the accident. According to officers that investigated the vehicle, it reeked of marijuana and there was a leafy green residue stuck to the floorboard of the car.
The other vehicle involved in the accident was nearby on the grass shoulder, having sustained significant damage from rolling over. The 27-year-old driver was found and instantly transported to Memorial Regional Hospital to treat his skull fracture.
Witnesses to the accident told police that a woman had jumped a nearby fence after the accident and entered a dealership. Police found Simonenko outside the dealership behind a hedge missing her shoes and resting her head on her purse, which contained what appeared to be marijuana. As a result, she was booked on nine total charges, including DUI, hit-and-run and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.
People who take the road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are automatically considered to be negligent, which leaves no doubt to their liability in car accident cases. Should the 27-year-old victim choose to sue, he would have a very favorable case to make against Simonenko.
If you know someone who has been injured in an accident with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, tell them to contact the Bradenton auto accident lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.