Florida is one of the most dangerous states when it comes to pedestrians and those on a bicycle. They also take a strong stance against hit and run accidents in Florida. In Florida, even if the accident only causes minor property damage, the driver or drivers are required to pull over and exchange information. Not doing so can be charged as a misdemeanor. If there are injuries, the charge could be a felony. The seriousness of that felony can depend upon how serious the injuries are. Leaving the scene involving serious bodily injury can result in 15 years in prison.
ABC Local 10 News reports that a woman has been charged with hitting a bicyclist with her car and continuing on to work.
On May 27, 2019, Monique Hemmings was driving to work just before 6 a.m. in Coral Springs.
Hemmings admitted that while she was heading south on State Road 7 in Coral Springs, she hit a bicyclist. Instead of stopping, Hemmings also admitted to continuing on to work.
According to police, the victim was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at North Broward Hospital. He was in a coma for four days after being admitted. He was treated for a brain bleed, several contusions, and injuries sustained to his neck, back, arms, and legs.
Hemmings told authorities that instead of stopping, she continued on to work. Once there, she contacted her husband and asked him to return to the scene of the accident.
Hemmings has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.