Many people flock to Florida’s beaches and amusement parks every year on family vacations. These are supposed to be happy times where life-long memories will be made. However, one vacation turned tragic when a 58-year-old tourist in Florida recently lost his life after being involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
The incident occurred on the final day the victim and his family were vacationing in the state. The family was on their way to a restaurant when they stopped by the westbound side of the road so the victim’s wife could take a photograph of the victim standing next to a sign with boats in the background. When the victim then went to open the door of his vehicle, he was hit by a motorist heading due west. The motorist fled the scene of the crash. The victim was sent to an area medical center, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The victim’s wife is understandably distraught, and their son, age 13, is in shock having been in the car when the incident occurred. The victim’s wife and son are currently residing with relatives in Florida.
This is a tragic incident that has been made all the worse due to the fact that the driver fled the scene of the crash. However, hope should not be lost. Witnesses or others with information about the crash may come forward, and a thorough investigation may be performed that will help identify the at-fault driver. Once the right information is obtained, families of those who die in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver in order to seek compensation for funeral costs, medical expenses, lost wages and loss of companionship.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Visitor killed in hit-run crash just wanted ‘to have a picture with boats,’ wife says,” Mike Clary, July 3, 2017