It’s hard to believe that anyone could hit a pedestrian, biker, or another driver in a crash and not stay to determine whether that person is alright or render aid if possible. No matter how afraid someone is after such an unfortunate turn of events, there is no excuse for fleeing the scene of an accident.
The Gainesville Sun reported on its website that a Gainesville man was arrested on Thursday, July 1, 2021. He is wanted in connection to a hit-and-run crash that happened on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 that killed an 18-year-old University of Florida student.
Gainesville Police have arrested 31-year-old Joshua Alexander Figueroa on the charge of failure to stop in a crash involving serious injury or death.
Investigators say that the student was in the crosswalk at the intersection of West University Avenue and Lemerand Drive when Figueroa struck her with his BMW that was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Eyewitness accounts and an exhaustive research of license plate databases and cellphone records helped investigators determine the driver’s identity that struck and killed the student.
An attorney for the surviving family members of the student representing them in a civil lawsuit against Figueroa told reporters that they are grateful for all the Gainesville Police Department’s work on their behalf.
Authorities have not said whether they may upgrade the charges against Figueroa in the future.