According to 7 News Miami, an elderly pedestrian was struck and killed when walking along 65th Street between East Fourth and Fifth Avenues. The accident happened Friday, September 18, 2020, at about 7:00 am. The man was 85-years-old and happened to be walking along the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle traveling at high speeds. According to media reports, the man was enjoying a typical morning walk at the time of the accident.
Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the crash, which has angered Hialeah residents. Investigators are searching for the driver involved in the crash and believe that his or her vehicle has probably sustained front-end damage. Police state that the accident was not captured on surveillance video but hope that someone saw something.
Those with information should call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. A $3,000 reward is available, and witnesses can make an anonymous report.
Was Drag Racing to Blame?
Community members also told the media that the area is like a speedway with people drag racing virtually every day. Drag racing is illegal under Fla. Stat. §316.191 and carries stiff penalties as a first-degree misdemeanor. Someone convicted can spend time in jail and pay a fine up to $1,000. Their license can also be suspended for a year. Unfortunately, the threat of these penalties have not prevented people from racing each other in Miami-Dade County.
Drag racing is the type of reckless behavior that can make a defendant responsible for punitive damages if found liable for the wreck. Florida law allows defendants to see punitive damages when a defendant acted intentionally or with gross negligence. Essentially, gross negligence means acting with indifference or conscious disregard for the safety of others, and drag racing fits comfortably into this definition.
If you see people drag racing in your community, call the police. This activity is illegal for a reason. Motorists can lose control of their vehicles or come upon pedestrians suddenly, being unable to stop in time. Provide as much information as you can about the vehicles involved, such as the make and model, as well as the license plate number.
Did Drag Racers Injure You? Contact Us
Drag racing and other mother vehicle accidents injure hundreds of people in Miami every year. Those injured in a wreck should seek compensation for their lost wages and medical expenses, among other damages. If a loved one has died in an accident, you might also be entitled to compensation.
Call Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein LLP today at 305-371-2692 to schedule a free consultation.