Woman dies after her bicycle is hit on U.S. 19
After a car knocked her off of her bicycle, a 28-year-old Clearwater bicyclist was run over by another vehicle that failed to stop in time. The woman was later transported to Mease Countryside Hospital, where she died. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old driver of the white 2005 Hyundai that hit her simply fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle.
The driver responsible for the original collision was eventually found through the combined efforts of Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and deputies from Pinellas County. This fatal car accident is still under investigation by law enforcement officials, so charges have not yet been leveled against the driver. Troopers said that the other motorist, a 49-year-old Palm Harbor man, whose 2012 Mercedes delivered the fatal blow while the bicyclist was lying prone in the road, was not being charged with anything.
The Florida Highway Patrol is still soliciting information from the public. Although incidents have the appearance of wrongful death cases, law enforcement officials and courts must establish justification for their charges by compiling an appropriate amount of evidence and determining a plausible timetable of events. Victims of such incidents and their survivors often have to deal with their need for closure or compensation within the framework of official investigations and other formalities.
Accident victims and survivors can’t rely on the fact that the drivers who hit them or their relatives acted suspicious or illegally after the collisions. In order to gain restitution, they have to construct valid court cases and present their need for compensation. Many seek legal representation in order to simplify this complicated process in the midst of tragic circumstances.
Source: the Tampa Tribune, “Clearwater bicyclist killed in hit-and-run“, TBO.com staff, May 16, 2013