Imagine the horror that parents would go through when they learn their child has been struck by a car. That is exactly what one 18-year-old girl’s parents recently had to go through. Their daughter, who is a student at Plant High School, was hit by a truck. She was visiting her brother to see the Florida State-University of Florida football game.
The young woman was stuck and left where she laid. The driver of the truck that hit her didn’t stop. The accident was considered a hit-and-run, but police have since arrested the man suspected of running the girl over after a passenger in the man’s truck gave a statement to police.
The 20-year-old man had just been released from his job doing security for a Florida bar four blocks from the accident. He allegedly asked friends to help him hide his red pickup truck after the accident.
So far, the man faces a charge of failing to remain at the scene of a crash. His bond was set at $1,000. The high school senior he ran down was placed in a medically induced coma. According to the girl’s mother, she is suffering from swelling on the brain. Her family now has to deal with the aftereffects of this teen’s accident.
Drivers should always be careful when pedestrians are nearby. Failing to do so can lead to horrible accidents. Anyone who is injured in a car-pedestrian accident has the right to seek compensation for those injuries. If the victim succumbs to the injuries from the accident, family members might opt to seek compensation for their loss.
Source: My Fox Tampa Bay, “Arrest in hit-and-run crash that left Plant student in coma” Dec. 02, 2014