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Pedestrian accidents: Hit-and-run driver returns to deadly scene

Losing a loved one in an accident is naturally a traumatic experience. However, cases of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents may exacerbate the trauma. Such incidents typically leave the surviving family members with many unanswered questions. Such may be the case for the family of a 31-year-old woman who was killed in Florida on a recent Sunday evening.

In a preliminary accident report, the Florida Highway Patrol says the incident occurred in Orange County at approximately 11:30 p.m. Reportedly, a 31-year-old woman from another state was in the process of crossing a street when a man driving a sedan smashed into her. The impact caused the woman to land on the hood of the car, at which time the front seat passenger's head struck the windshield.

The driver apparently failed to stop at the crash scene, but a witness reportedly followed him and managed to get him to return. FHP says the victim was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries. Her death was pronounced at the hospital. Charges against the driver are pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Regardless of the outcome of any criminal charges that might be filed, the surviving family members of the deceased woman may pursue financial relief. It is not clear whether she was in a crosswalk when she was struck by the car. If not, the court may find her to have been partly responsible, meaning that any monetary damages awarded would be reduced by the woman's degree of fault -- if any -- in contributing to the accident. Proving negligence in pedestrian accidents in Florida could be challenging and might be best accomplished with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando man arrested after leaving scene of deadly crash", Stephen Ruiz, Oct. 2, 2017

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