The Florida Highway Patrol has announced the start of a new campaign to reduce the number of hit-and-run deaths happening in Florida. Last year, 168 individuals were killed in hit-and-run crashes in the state. In total, there were approximately 70,000 hit-and-run incidents in Florida and more than seventeen thousand injured in addition to the deaths caused by hit-and-runs.
Hit-and-run crashes are devastating to families. In 2012, hit-and-run drivers killed 23 Central Florida residents. Several family members of these victims joined law enforcement officials to launch the hit-and-run awareness program at the FHP headquarters in Orlando. Janita Winkler, the widow of a man killed in a hit-and-run driver last year, lamented the manner the manner in which her husband of over 50 years was killed, pleading to those responsible, “Please, help us. Don’t they have parents? Don’t they have grandparents? Imagine if it was reversed.”
Among the initiatives is a new webpage highlighting open hit-and-run cases in Florida. Law enforcement hopes people will review the open cases, and if they have information, they can anonymously report it to the Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey asks drivers to, “Do the right thing before you get behind the wheel of the car…Look at all the family members who have been impacted.”
If you would like to discuss potentially pursuing a wrongful death claim for a loved one that passed away due to negligence, contact wrongful death attorneys at Burnetti, P.A. at 1-888-BURNETTI for a https://www.burnetti.com.