A 48-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for a deadly hit-and-run crash that occurred on March 16, in downtown St. Petersburg.
According to police, a Ford F-150 truck was traveling northbound on 28th Street North crossing Central Avenue when it hit a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, identified as a 74-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and died on March 28 at Bayfront Health.
Officials said the driver of the truck failed to return to the scene after a witness told him he struck a pedestrian.
Police were able to catch up with the driver more than 35 blocks away, however, he was not arrested until March 31.
He has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
Sadly, many people are injured or killed in hit and run accidents every year throughout the Tampa Bay area. The driver causes a collision, knows they are at fault, and flees the scene in the hopes of avoiding the serious consequences of causing an accident. Our Pinellas County Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help if you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident.
After fleeing the scene of an accident, a hit and run driver, when found, is subject to both criminal penalties and civil liability. Even if the at-fault party is never identified, victims of hit and run accidents or their families may be able to recover compensation from their own insurance companies.
Uninsured motorist (UM) insurance covers injuries caused by unidentified hit and run drivers. We can help you use UM insurance to secure financial compensation for medical costs, property damage and other losses.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, or if you have lost a family member in a hit and run accident, please call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online for a completely free consultation. We can begin helping you immediately.