There’s never a good reason for leaving the scene of an accident. A hit-and-run car accident has left a 15-month-old boy in critical condition at a local hospital.
Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol said the boy was hurt after a man and his daughter stopped to visit at the house to talk with a woman who is a hair stylist. They were apparently interested in setting a styling appointment for the girl.
According to the police report, the 50-year-old driver of the car ran over the boy as he was backing out of a driveway, dragging him for a short distance. Family members of the infant boy who witnessed the accident say that they demanded the driver stop. When he did not, they warned him that they were going to call the police to report the incident.
After leaving the scene, the man called 911 from a nearby community to complain that the family he had visited assaulted him and tried to injure his daughter. When police arrived at the man’s location, they were unable to find the car or the man’s 9-year-old daughter. The man told police the car had been taken from the house and was being driven by a cousin.
Police continued their search for the vehicle that was involved in the accident but apparently was not able to immediately locate it.
Later, the man who allegedly hit the child was arrested by police on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and for driving with his license suspended. Police investigators asked the man why he drove away from the scene of the near-fatal accident. He insisted that he had been attacked by the people he was visiting and that they attempted to kill his daughter.
Even if that were true, he could still face jail time for nearly causing fatal injuries to someone else’s child.
Source: ClickOrlando.com, “FHP: Driver hit, dragged baby, drove off,” Sept. 6, 2011