Florida has laws in place governing what a person should do after an accident. A person should always make sure that everyone is okay and call for emergency services if needed. In most cases where there is just property damage, leaving the scene of an accident without at least exchanging information is a misdemeanor. If the accident involves any serious injuries or a fatality, contacting the police is a necessity. Leaving the scene without doing so can be charged as a felony, which is a serious crime. ABC News reports on the arrest of a man that caused a traumatic rollover crash that seriously injured a college student.
24-year-old Zachari Brock of Bradenton was arrested on Saturday for his role in a horrific crash caught on surveillance video. The rollover accident left 19-year-old Jackson Kelley seriously injured with “severe brain trauma.”
The accident happened last Thursday morning. Brock was in the center lane of U.S. 41 waiting to make a left turn into the RaceTrac gas station. Kelley was driving an Audi in oncoming traffic to Brock when he proceeded to make the left turn, striking Kelley, causing his vehicle to overturn several times in the parking lot of a hotel.
Brock initially drove away from the crash and it took an “exhaustive criminal investigation” for the Florida Highway Patrol to apprehend him. He is facing a felony charge for leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury and driving with a suspended license causing serious injury. Brock is also facing a traffic citation for turning into oncoming traffic.
Kelley remains hospitalized with severe brain injuries according to his father.