Florida statute has provisions requiring that a person involved in an accident causing property damage, injury, or death stop and exchange information. They are also required to render aid to those who are hurt. Failure to do so is charged as leaving the scene of an accident, sometimes called hit-and-run. The penalties for hit-and-run depend upon the damages done in the accident. For accidents involving only property damage, the charge is a second-degree misdemeanor. Accidents that involve injury is a third-degree felony. Leaving the scene of an accident involving death is a first-degree felony.
ABC 7 reports that a high school football player has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Naples.
17-year-old Louis Lacivita was arrested on Monday following an investigation. The arrest stems from an accident where Lacivita was driving his father’s truck.
On August 21, Lacivita was driving the truck when he hit Susan Alang, who was on her way to work. She was walking along 106th Avenue North. Lacivita then left Alang for dead after picking up a broken piece of the headlight.
Alang lay unconscious for nearly 35 minutes before she was discovered by three landscaping workers. She suffered from a broken leg, a broken back, broken neck, broken ribs. She also ruptured her liver and spleen.
On August 26th, police received an anonymous tip that the driver was a teenager. On September 11, police found the Ford F-150 that they believe was involved in the accident.
The truck had been given to a cousin of Lacivita’s whose husband works at a Ford dealership.