The Miami police have released new surveillance footage showing a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 36th Street. The new footage supplements earlier surveillance video showing a Dodge Ram t-boning a Buick SUV. Three men in the SUV were injured, one of them critically, and one died, according to reports.
Miami police said that the two individuals in the truck fled the scene after the impact. They were described as black males between 20 and 30 years old and were last seen running across State Road 112 into a neighborhood, where they disappeared. The driver of the SUV says that he confronted the two men prior to their disappearance.
Ironically, the police say that had the two men stayed, they would not have been held responsible for the crash. However, now that they fled, they are guilty of a felony: leaving the scene of an accident causing injury and death. The police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the accident.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in Florida On The Rise
Florida has seen a jump in the rate of hit-and-run accidents in the past few years, according to statistics compiled by the Florida Highway Patrol. In fact, Florida hit-and-run accidents have become so common that the FHP has come up with a campaign to reduce hit-and-run crashes by educating drivers on their legal responsibilities when they are involved in an accident.
In order to help drivers and passengers remember their responsibilities, the FHP has come up with the acronym CRASH. These letters help drivers remember:
- CALL law enforcement. The first thing to do in a crash situation is notify law enforcement by dialing 911. The operator can summon police and ambulance help.
- REMAIN calm. While it is upsetting to be in an accident, it is important to remain calm and deal with the situation. If someone flees the scene, do not give chase. If a driver becomes abusive or violent, retreat to safety and stay on the phone with police officers who can tell you what to do.
- ATTAIN vehicle, witness and driver information. If possible, try to obtain as much information as you can about the driver who hit you and any potential witnesses, including passengers in the other vehicle.
- SKETCH the scene, showing vehicle crash locations. Making a sketch will help you remember what has happened. You can also take photos with your cell phone.
- HELP the injured. Be sure that anyone who needs medical assistance obtains it immediately before worrying about property damage.
For more information on how to handle a hit-and-run accident, including how to stand up for your rights and demand payment from your insurance company or a third party, contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami today.