Hit-and-run is a problem that continues to affect Floridians. The penalties for a hit-and-run offense will depend on a few factors. One of these factors is the circumstances of the accident. The other factor is the criminal record of the driver who committed the hit-and-run.
In cases where there is just property damage, the charge will most likely be a misdemeanor. However, if there are injuries, the charge is a third-degree felony with a possibility of up to five years in prison. For crashes that cause a death, the charge is a first-degree felony with a possibility of up to thirty years in state prison.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that a driver allegedly responsible for a deadly 2019 hit-and-run crash has been arrested.
The incident started at about 3 a.m. on July 4, 2019, when a Dodge SUV struck and killed 39-year-old Nostaky Exantus. Exantus had been crossing Orange Blossom Trail.
22-year-old Lazeya Destiny Rivera was driving the SUV. She has been arrested on charges of third-degree murder, DUI manslaughter, driving on a suspended license, and DUI with property damage or personal injury.
Three good Samaritans stopped to help Exantus when they were struck by a Lexus being pursued from deputies.
The Lexus was allegedly being driven by 28-year-old Christian Andres Ponce. He struck and killed 33-year-old Damion Bradford.
Ponce is facing charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and operating a vehicle without a valid license causing the death of another person.