A Florida teenager lost his life in Hendry County after a sport utility vehicle struck his bike. The SUV driver was recently arrested in connection with the accident after fleeing the crash scene. His arrest came a little over a month after the hit-and-run accident.
How the accident happened
The Florida crash happened on a Thursday. Police reported that a boy, 15, was riding a bike along a road. A 28-year-old man was driving a sport utility vehicle on the road at the time and reportedly hit the boy’s bike.
Authorities said the man fled the crash scene in his vehicle. Meanwhile, the teenager was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Police said they discovered and impounded the man’s vehicle the next day and arrested him on a recent Friday. He now faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving an accident scene involving someone’s death and being involved in a deadly accident after driving with a revoked driver’s license.
How an attorney can help following the accident
The surviving loved ones of the teenage bicyclist who died in the Florida accident may opt to file a wrongful death claim against the arrested man, seeking damages. If the man is convicted on his criminal charges, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding with the goal of establishing his liability for the fatal hit-and-run accident. A successfully litigated suit may lead to monetary damages to cover accident-related losses, such as the bicyclist’s funeral expenses.