Florida has laws regarding what drivers must due when an accident occurs. One of the primary laws is that even if the accident involves only minor property damage, the driver must stop. The driver must also notify the closest police department and provide their license and insurance information to the other persons involved as well as the investigating officers.
If there are injuries involved, they must provide reasonable assistance to those who are injured. This includes contacting paramedics or emergency medical services to come and transport the injured to a hospital if necessary. In accidents involving injury, the charge for leaving the scene is a third-degree penalty punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The Clearwater, Florida Patch reports that a crossing guard has been hit by a car while helping students cross the road.
The accident happened at 4:28 p.m. Wednesday at South Belcher Road and Catalina Drive.
78-year-old crossing guard Ernest Comeau was struck by a Honda Accord which then struck a Ford. The driver then fled the scene. Witnesses pursued the vehicle and pinned it in at Belcher and Nursery Roads.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 68-year-old Gregory Olson.
Comeau was helping students to cross Catalina Drive. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Comeau had been working as a crossing guard for three years.
Olson is facing several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, driving on a suspended license, and failure to obey a traffic control device.