STUART, FL – April 13, 2020 – According to an online news report published on CW34.com, a suspect in the hit-and-run accident on April 10, 2020, has been identified and arrested by Stuart Police. The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning and involved four other motor vehicles. The accident occurred just near the Old Roosevelt Bridge.
According to the accident new report on CBS12.com on April 10, 2020, a white van struck another car from the rear. The rear-end collision caused a chain reaction according to local law enforcement reports. The driver of the white van left the scene of the accident that caused injuries to at least one person. The suspect was described as a white male who was wearing plaid shorts, a green shirt, and long socks.
On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the online criminal news report posted on CW34.com, stated that the suspect was apprehended, arrested, and charged. The news report also says that the suspect is still in police custody.
In another hit-and-run accident, according to the online news report provided by TCPalm.com, a woman fatally struck an individual driving a moped along South U.S. 1. The operator of the moped was thrown onto the windshield of the woman´s car after she struck the moped operator. The woman continued to drive over 700 feet until her car was no longer operational. According to the police, the driver reportedly would not have stopped her car if the car remained operational. The woman allegedly smelled of alcohol, and a witness claimed the suspect threw a canned beverage out of her window after the collision. Law enforcement discovered an open, cold can of Mike´s Hard Lemonade Black Cherry in the vicinity of the witness´ statement to police.
Florida Statute 316.061(1) Leaving the Scene of an Accident Laws and Penalties
According to Florida Statute 316.061(1), if an individual has been in a motor vehicle accident, it is a crime to leave the scene of that accident. Leaving the scene of an accident is a second-degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida. However, if injury or death has occurred, there could be additional penalties and criminal charges added if an individual flees the scene of an accident that the individual was involved in. According to Florida Statute 316.062(1), the driver of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident resulting in the property damage, personal injury or death of another person, the driver is required by law to stop, provide personal contact information, and render aid. Drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident are required to provide all other drivers involved in the accident with their name, contact information, registration number of their vehicle, and show their license or driver´s permit to police. Also, the drivers must present this information to the police or they are violating Florida law. If a driver is unable to provide this information due to serious injury or death, the information must be provided to the nearest law enforcement agency, according to Florida Statute 316.027.
If a driver injures or kills another person in a motor vehicle accident and then flees the accident scene, the driver who fled the scene may be charged with a felony of the third-degree under Florida Statue 316.027(2)(a).