Woman named person of interest in fatal hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol said they are looking for a woman who is believed to be a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on July 23, 2013. The woman was reportedly driving a silver 2004 Cadillac Escalade when her SUV allegedly struck a 67-year-old man and his wife, killing the man and leaving his wife injured.

The accident occurred on Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue around 1 a.m. A surveillance video reportedly captured a fleeting image of the SUV before it sped off after the accident. Authorities later found the SUV at Blue Lakes Elementary School in the 9250 area of Southwest 52nd Terrace. The stepson of the deceased man stated that there is no excuse for drivers who leave people to die in pedestrian accidents like this.

If the woman is found, she could end up facing criminal charges as well as a personal injury suit. The family of the deceased man could choose to file a lawsuit against her in an attempt to seek compensation for his death. Their claims could allege that his death would not have happened at the time it did if it hadn’t been for the woman hitting him and then fleeing the scene. Additionally, the injured wife of the man could choose to seek compensation for her injuries to help her pay for the medical expenses she incurred due to the accident.

Personal injury attorneys might be able to assist the wife and other family members of the deceased man seek compensation if they want to file a personal injury lawsuit for injuries as well as the death. Personal injury lawyers might be able to help them draw up their claims and negotiate settlements with insurance companies and the defendant.

Source: NBC Miami, “Woman Named A Person of Interest in Fatal Bird Road Hit and Run“, Brian Hamacher, August 01, 2013

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