Drivers who cause serious car accidents have a duty to make sure everyone involved is okay. This applies not only to other vehicles they might encounter, but the passengers riding in their own vehicle. It might seem hard to fathom, but some drivers who are already in trouble with the law sometimes flee the scene rather than make sure the people riding in their own vehicle are okay.
Just look at an accident that occurred over the weekend on U.S. 1 near Seville Street. A 27-year-old man from Daytona was driving a Pontiac Firebird with two passengers in tow. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he turned left into the direct path of oncoming traffic. The Firebird was then hit by a Dodge Ram pickup truck.
One of the passengers in the Firebird, a 24-year-old man from Ormond Beach, died from his injuries in the crash. The other passenger had to be hospitalized with injuries that were described as serious.
Rather than stay to help, the driver of the Firebird allegedly fled the scene. The FHP was able to locate him with the help of witnesses and a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then was booked at the county jail.
Charges that driver is facing include driving with a suspended or revoked license, causing death or serious injury while driving and leaving the scene of a crash involving death. By avoiding a legal consequence, he got himself into even more trouble.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Police: Daytona man jailed after fleeing fatal crash,” David Breen, Aug. 12, 2012