A hit and run driver nearly killed an 84-year-old woman on August 2, 2010 when he plowed into her near an intersection on Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac. Lee-dah St. Clair, a Haiti earthquake survivor, was crossing the street when a 1995 Chevy Caprice hit her going about 40 miles per hour. The driver, Eric Hall, 23, initially fled the scene.
According to police, Hall went to a friend’s house and removed his plates from his vehicle, hoping to hide his crime. However, he was later arrested and charged for the accident. He told police he left the scene because he panicked. If Ms. St Clair dies, he could be charged with involuntary manslaughter or worse. At this point, he already faces charges of fleeing an accident scene.
Pedestrian accidents in Florida are all too common, simply because of increased population and tourism mixed with slow construction of sidewalks and adequate pedestrian signals at intersections. Worse yet, hit-and-run accidents are serious and can often be deadly.
A personal injury lawyer can help you get justice for injuries suffered or for a wrongful death of a loved one after this type of tragedy. A lawyer can help build your case by using independent investigators to study the crime scene for additional evidence that will help you find the parties responsible. If you can’t get justice from the police, contact a lawyer today to help you get what you deserve.