It was a grisly crash scene in February when a motorcyclist was struck by a luxury SUV from behind. The impact of the crash threw her into traffic, where she was struck by two other vehicles. She died at the scene. Her husband, who was riding on his own motorcycle nearby, witnessed the horrific crash. The driver of the SUV, however, didn’t stay to give aid, instead fleeing the scene of the car accident.
As it turns out, the man is a chiropractor from Orlando. Ironically, his clinic’s website says that he’s played a role in “aiding auto accident victims and their roads to recovery.” Now the 43-year-old man has been arrested for his role in the hit-and-run crash, and he could be facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Police say that the Orlando man had closed out his bar tab at an establishment in New Smyrna Beach in the hours prior to the crash. He was driving his luxury SUV in the rain on State Road 415 when he allegedly struck the motorcycle from behind. After leaving the scene, investigators say that he pulled off the road about 12 miles away and called a friend.
Investigators were ultimately able to identify his SUV from a vehicle part found at the scene. They say that at this point it’s not clear why he left the scene of the crash, but that most people leave crash scenes because they are unlicensed; because they don’t have the proper insurance; because they are wanted on other charges; or they are intoxicated. The first three options have already been ruled out.
Source: News-Press, “Orlando doctor arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed Fort Myers woman,” Henry Pierson Curtis, June 1, 2012