Hit-and-run accident involves Land O’ Lakes truck

A 2011 Mazda CX-7 was damaged by falling concrete after a Land O’ Lakes tow truck hit an overpass. No injuries have been reported from the 56-year-old female Tampa driver of the Mazda or any others who were on the road. Following the 9:22 a.m. truck accident on Interstate 275 on Aug. 20, an officer reported that the truck kept driving. Officials were forced to temporarily close the southbound lanes in order to clean up the debris.

Wanted for a hit-and-run, the truck driver was eventually discovered thanks to eyewitness testimony. Police had requested that eyewitnesses to the accident assist them in the search by offering tips. Officers are planning to give the truck driver a citation for carrying a truckload that exceeds the height requirements for Florida roads.

The 57-year-old Hudson driver of the 1984 Peterbilt truck was a subcontractor with Crockett’s Towing. While operating the vehicle, his crane reportedly hit the overpass on the southbound lanes of Interstate 275, causing $7,000 worth of damage. It is unknown whether a civil lawsuit has been filed against the driver in addition to the citation.

Drivers who are involved in accidents have a responsibility to remain at the scene. When drivers flee after an accident, further property damage and injuries can occur. Due to the property damage on her car, the driver of the Mazda may choose to file a lawsuit against the truck driver. A lawyer may be able to help her gather evidence of reckless driving and pursue a settlement on her behalf.

Source: Brandon Patch, “Land O’ Lakes Company Involved in I-275 Hit-And-Run“, Linda Chion Kenney, August 24, 2013

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