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 According to Channel 4, police in Jacksonville are seeking information after a 25-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Northwest Jacksonville early Saturday morning.  Officers began investigating the the death at about 4 a.m. at the intersection of Pitts and Slay roads. The gentleman was found lying in the roadway.  Police said he was walking or standing in the road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle, resulting in his death. The vehicle fled the scene

 Florida law is clear on the duties a driver owes to an individual who is involved in a vehicle accident. Section 316.027 of the  Florida Statutes states that a driver involved in a crash that causes the death or injury of another person or persons must stop and remain at the scene until authorized to leave.

  • Part (1) (a) of this section states that anyone who willfully leaves a crash scene in which an injury is involved is guilty of a third-degree felony.
  • Part (1) (b) states that anyone who willfully leaves a crash scene in which a death is involved is guilty of a first-degree felony. A third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, while a first-degree felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. As to damage to vehicles or property, a person must stay at the scene of an accident if damage occurs to any vehicle or property, in accordance with Section 316.061 of theFlorida Statutes.

Anyone who willfully leaves a crash scene where property or vehicle damage has occurred is guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. This is punishable by a fine of $500 and up to 60 days in prison. 

Lastly, Section 316.062, requires drivers to stop and give insurance and identification information to the drivers of other vehicles if involved in collisions. Additionally, drivers may be required to arrange for the transport of people injured in the crash. Failure to abide by this statute is a non-criminal traffic infraction punishable by a fine.  Drivers involved in collisions that damage unattended vehicles or property are required to leave contact information so that the property owners may seek restitution. Failure to do this is a non-criminal traffic infraction. 

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If a friend, or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident or car accident, please contact the experienced attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. who will aggressively and passionately pursue your legal rights.

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