There’s no excuse for leaving the scene of an accident. Even if a driver thinks or assumes everyone involved is okay, that doesn’t give them the right to take off. If they do, they can face severe consequences down the road.
A 59-year-old woman from Eustis, who was standing in a parking lot near a business, was reportedly struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver over the lunch hour one recent afternoon. Police, after conducting an investigation, subsequently apprehended a 52-year-old male motorist from Sorrento. The car accident occurred as the woman was talking to a driver sitting in her parked car outside a swimming pool supply store on Highway 441. The other driver, according to police, exited his own parking space and came around the woman’s vehicle, trapping the pedestrian between the two cars.
He later claimed to not have noticed that his car had come into contact with the woman. She disputed this version of events, however, stating that she yelled at him to stop while pounding on one of his car’s windows, but that he basically ignored her distress and drove away.
The woman was taken to Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares for treatment of her crash injuries. The hit-and-run driver, meanwhile, was charged with reckless driving causing injury, as well as leaving an accident scene despite injury and damage having occurred. The man charged works as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Orlando Sentinel reporter accused of causing Eustis hit-and-run crash,” Ludmilla Lelis, July 2, 2012