The Suwanee Democrat reports that a Live Oak motorcyclist, Royce Pittman, 52, suffered serious injuries early Thursday morning when hit from behind by a driver who then fled the scene.
The driver, Rebecca Lynn Quinn, 50, also of Live Oak, was later caught in Lake City when she was pulled over by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy for a broken headlight. The deputy notified the Florida Highway Patrol that the 1972 Ford Ranchero matched the description of the vehicle being sought in the hit-and-run.
Quinn’s blood alcohol content tested .102. The legal limit in Florida is .08. She was charged with DUI, hit and run, failing to stop and render aid to an injured person, leaving the scene with property damage greater than $50, DUI with property damage, and DUI with serious injury.
If is not uncommon for someone who is driving under the influence to leave the scene of an accident in hope of escaping a DUI charge. But doing so only compounds the driver’s legal problems, because in Florida, leaving the scene of an accident in which a person has been injured is a third degree felony.