A woman, who caused a crash that killed three after she suffered a seizure, was in a wheelchair at her pretrial hearing Monday morning.
In August of 2017, prosecutors say the woman was driving over 100 miles per hour when she slammed into a Hyundai, killing a man, his wife and their 8-year-old daughter.
Investigators say the woman did not stick around after the crash. She fled the scene, but did not make it far.
Police caught up with the woman a couple of miles from the crime scene.
While being questioned by detectives, she allegedly said she takes anti-anxiety medication for her seizures.
She was emotional after the crash, even breaking down during a bond hearing.
Fleeing the scene of an accident, or hit and run, is a very serious criminal offense. Under Florida state law, drivers are required to stop and exchange information or render assistance when they are involved in an accident that causes property damage or bodily injury. Even though it is against the law to leave the scene after an accident, data from the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety shows that 11% of all car accidents involve hit-and-run drivers.
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