Under Florida law, a driver has responsibilities when they are involved in an accident. Those responsibilities can vary depending on whether there was just property damage, injuries, or fatalities involved. In either case, the driver has a responsibility to stop his vehicle immediately following the collision. If the property is unattended, the driver must locate the owner of the property and provide any information that is requested. The driver will then report the incident to the police as soon as possible following the accident. In the case where there are injuries or fatalities, the driver must contact police and emergency services and must remain at the scene until help arrives.
WCTV reports on a driver who crashed into utility poles, causing damage to the poles and to another driver’s vehicle.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday on 216th Street near the intersection of 57th Road in Suwannee County.
John Biansco, 27, was driving east on 216th Street when he suddenly swerved to the left and struck a utility pole. Biansco continued traveling east, striking three more utility poles. Biansco then fled the scene.
The crash caused the utility poles to break, which sent wires falling onto a RAM ProMaster truck that had braked when Biansco first started swerving. The driver of the RAM was not injured.
Police eventually caught up to Biansco. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.