Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2017 – On the night of Wednesday, March 8, a woman from New York was killed in a hit-and-run collision near Orlando, Florida.
As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, Karissa Hilts was struck by a vehicle on Florida Turnpike near Mile Marker 258 in Orange County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, as she was headed south on the turnpike, a cellphone fell out of her car. She pulled over on the highway, and exited her vehicle to search for the phone. Right after she stepped onto the turnpike, a motorist drove by and struck Hilts, who died at the scene. She was 29-years-old.
Following the collision, the motorist then fled the scene. One day later, Florida. troopers made an announcement that a damaged van that met the description of the driver’s vehicle had been located.
Hilts had been employed as a kitchen manager at “R” Diner, which is owned by her mother, Robin. Hilts was recognized as an accomplished cook.
Prominent South Florida personal injury attorneys Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers state, “If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should call a personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney may be able to help you recover compensation if your injury was caused by the negligence of another person.”
According to Florida law enforcement officials, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of hit-and-run collisions. For this reason, they started a new campaign to inform motorists that leaving the scene of an accident can give rise to stricter penalties. In 2014, there were more than 80,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida. Between 2013 and 2014, deadly hit-and-run crashes in Florida rose by 23 percent.
In 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that strengthened the penalties for leaving the scene of a crash, thus making it a second-degree felony and mandating at least a four-year sentence for a motorist convicted of leaving the scene of a deadly crash. Furthermore drivers who flee the scene of an accident could face revocation of their license under the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act.
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