Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run accident

An arrest has been made in a Clearwater hit-and-run accident that left one bicyclist dead and another in a coma. The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 2 on the Memorial Causeway. A 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were riding a tandem bike when they were struck by a passing vehicle. The two bicyclists were thrown approximately 50 feet apart.

They were found unconscious by a passing driver at about 6:15 a.m. Neither individual had identification, but the man was wearing an anklet with his father’s name and phone number. He later died at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The woman remained in a coma as of Sept. 3. The driver who struck the pair didn’t stop at the scene, but a 29-year-old man came forward and said that he may have been involved in the fatal car accident.

The man claimed that he had been driving home from work at approximately the same time that the accident occurred. He said that he blacked out and didn’t remember what had happened. When police examined his pickup truck, they found that the windshield had been removed and that the front and top of his car were damaged. Police arrested the man and charged him with two felonies for leaving the scene of an accident.

Families of victims of accidents caused by another driver’s negligence may be able to pursue compensation for things like medical care, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and a decrease in quality of life. An attorney with pedestrian and bicycle accident experience could help families in a similar situation by examining the accident, making recommendations and presenting their case in court.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Clearwater police: Arrest made in hit-and-run crash“, Alison Barnwell, Keyonna Summers and Laura C. Mor, September 03, 2013

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