Two Florida hit-and-run accidents within 20 minutes claim two lives
Last updated Saturday, February 18th, 2023
The Sarasota Police Department reports that two Florida hit-and-run accidents within a matter of 20 minutes killed two on January 27, Friday night.
The first fatal crash happened near Fruitville Road and Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota around 11:30 PM when a 56-year-old Sarasota man was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The victim was transported to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital where tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.
It wasn’t long after the first fatal crash that a second one occurred near Fruitville and Beneva Road. As a result of the accident, a 64-year-old Tennessee man was found dead by first responders. Police learned from witnesses at the scene that the victim was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.
There were no witnesses to the first hit-and-run incident. Police officials are yet to determine where the men were headed when the respective accidents happened.
It is not possible to publicly identify either victim due to Marsy’s Law, a Florida law that protects victims’ identities from public records.
Both deadly crashes are still under investigation, and more details should be available soon.
We extend our deepest condolences to the mourning families during this difficult time.
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Florida hit-and-run accidents remain on the rise
Hit-and-run crashes are tragically on the rise in Florida – posing a great threat to Florida’s communities and families. In 2021, hit-and-run crashes increased by more than 17% compared to 2020 in Florida. Over the same period, fatalities from hit-and-runs were up over 18%, and serious injuries were up 20%.
Unsurprisingly, 169 of the hit-and-run deaths in 2021 were pedestrians and 45 were cyclists, making up a staggering 70% of the total fatalities.
February is designated as Hit-and-Run Awareness month in Florida. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) strongly encourage drivers to Stay at the Scene as they can assist in getting victims to the hospital in time for medical attention, or call the police immediately. Many lives may be saved as a result of this act of kindness.
Hit-and-run victims deserve justice
In the aftermath of a traumatic auto accident that takes away a loved one, the family will likely struggle with various issues, such as loss of income, debt, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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