A recent study indicates that Florida ranks among the deadliest places for pedestrians and bicyclists. It also ranks fairly high in deadly hit-and-runs, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. Florida ranks in the top three for the highest per capita rates of fatal hit-and-run accidents, alongside New Mexico and Louisiana. According to data from 2016, Florida had 206 hit-and-run crashes that resulted in at least one death. Looking back over a larger time frame, between 2006 and 2016, there were 1,814 hit-and-run crashes that resulted in at least one death. Leaving the scene of any accident without exchanging information with the other person is a crime in Florida. Leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury or death is a felony that can result in serious jail time.
WCTV reports that a man has been arrested after causing a crash and leaving the scene with the victim in serious condition.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Justin Harrell of Panama City was driving south on US 27. He was traveling behind a 2016 Corvette.
Harrell’s vehicle collided into the rear of the Corvette, causing the Corvette to veer off of the roadway and into a ditch. The driver of the Corvette suffered from serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Harrell fled the scene of the accident, leaving the driver of the Corvette in the ditch. He was later found by police just north of the scene. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries.