A Ruskin bicyclist died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. WSTP News reported on Nov. 30 around 7 p.m. a 56-year-old man was riding his bike on 21st Avenue in Ruskin when he was hit from behind by a motorist who fled the scene. Law enforcement believes the driver was traveling between 45 and 55 miles per hour when the collision occurred.
Hillsborough County Police said they found an intake airbox of a 2003 to 2005 green Saturn Ion at the accident scene. Authorities are asking for anyone with information about the accident to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa at 1-800-873-8477. The car involved will most likely have frontal damage and might have blue or silver paint from the bicycle.
Over sixty people have lost their lives in Florida hit-and-run accidents this year. Local 6 News reports most drivers who kill someone in a crash and leave the scene commonly receive an eight-year jail sentence maximum if found and convicted. Leaving an accident scene is a voluntary decision made by a driver who usually flees because he or she is unlicensed, uninsured or underinsured, driving under the influence, speeding, or driving distracted.
If a hit-and-run driver is found, the victim’s survivors may pursue a civil lawsuit against the motorist to cover medical bills, funeral costs and compensation for emotional and other losses suffered by any survivors. If a hit-and-run motorist is not found, the victim’s survivors may be able to be compensated for their losses through any available uninsured motorist insurance.
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