UCF Senior Injured In Hit And Run Crash

Florida law requires that following an accident, the people involved must immediately stop and exchange identifying information. Failure to do so can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. In cases that involve just property damage, the charge is typically just a misdemeanor. In cases where an injury is involved, the charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation and a $5,000 fine. When the accident involves death, the charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.

The Orlando Sentinel reports on a UCF senior who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Early Saturday morning, UCF senior 21-year-old London Harrell was walking on the grass shoulder on Napiers Circle. She was struck by a black Acura which then fled the scene. The same vehicle had been in an earlier hit-and-run with a vehicle at Mandel Drive and Alafaya Trail.

Orange County deputies found the car in a parking lot on University Boulevard. The damage to the vehicle was consistent with the accidents. Blood and hair discovered in the windshield matched Harrell.

25-year-old Yousef Hasan was found sleeping on the ground beside the vehicle. Deputies said that his speech was slurred, and he had trouble standing. A breathalyzer came back negative for alcohol, but police believe he was under the influence of drugs.

Harrell’s father testified at Hasan’s first court appearance, stating that his daughter was in a coma and being kept alive by a respirator. He said that her survival did not appear likely.

Bond was set for Hasan at $11,500 and he was subsequently released from custody.

Hasan was ordered to surrender his Acura and warned not to drive other vehicles.