Hillsborough County law enforcement reported the driver, who struck and killed a 53 year old pedestrian on Waters Ave. in Tampa, on Monday evening, has turned himself in. The 36-year-old man confessed he swerved but was unable to avoid hitting the woman and then left the accident scene.
Law enforcement said the driver returned to the crime scene later that evening and confessed he struck the pedestrian as she attempted to cross the street. He was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a first degree felony in Florida. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail.
Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians in the U.S. There have been fifty-nine deaths in hit-and-run crashes already this year in the state. Why does someone hit a pedestrian, bicyclist or another driver and not stay to render help? There are many reasons including: fear of being arrested, driving impaired, driving distracted or too fast, or because they are unlicensed, underinsured, or uninsured. It is unclear in this incident why the driver didn’t stay and take responsibility for his actions.
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