Hillsborough Hit-and-Run

 

Local Tragedy

Is it possible to hit a person with your car and not realize it?

The driver who killed a Hillsborough High School senior on October 12th seems to think so. The driver, Nikolaos Konstantinou, says he was aware that he hit something. But he drove off, not realizing that he hit 17-year-old Ashley Perdomo. He did notice, however, that his car was damaged, and reported it to his insurance agent. When the agent asked Konstantinou what had happened, the driver’s unwillingness to answer raised suspicions, as did the blood on the front of his car. The agent got in touch with Highway Patrol, who were able to conclude that Konstantinou was involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

Konstantinou was arrested for leaving the scene of the accident, but posted a $15,000 bail. He claims he is not at fault for the accident, since Ashley was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. He does admit that he feels guilty about the accident. For Ashley’s family, this new information does not change the fact that they lost a loved one, but it does give them some closure.

Though tragic, Ashley’s death is not an isolated incident. In 2015, there were 92,000 hit-and-run accidents in Florida. While most hit-and-run accidents only result in property damage, 180 people were killed in 2015. Most of them were pedestrians.

Serious Consequences

Leaving the scene of the accident is a serious issue. According to Florida Statutes, a driver that causes an accident that result in death must “immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash . . .” If a driver leaves the scene, they can face a four year prison term and be charged with a first degree felony. If an accident causes injuries, but not death, the driver can still be charged with a felony.

Hit-and-runs can have deadly consequences for everyone involved. For a driver, realizing that they’ve hit someone is undoubtedly a traumatic experience, particularly if it was truly an accident. However, fleeing the scene of the accident only makes the situation worse.

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