Man prevents fatal hit-and-run driver from fleeing scene in Miami

Accidents involving cars and pedestrians often result in serious injury or death. A pedestrian has no protection, and even if a vehicle is traveling at a slow pace, an individual could suffer life-threatening injuries. Although some accidents are unavoidable, many could have easily been prevented with careful driving. Drivers are responsible for following traffic laws to ensure that the roads are safe for others.

Yesterday, an accident in Miami killed one pedestrian and critically injured another. According to reports, the accident occurred around 2:00 p.m. near 79th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue. Police said that a man driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck ran a red light at the intersection. The man’s truck struck another vehicle and then hit two pedestrians waiting at a bus stop nearby. Instead of checking on the pedestrians and the driver of the other vehicle, the man attempted to flee the scene of the accident.

According to the Miami-Dade Police department, the driver of the truck left the accident and made a right-hand turn at the next corner. However, a witness of the entire incident followed the hit-and-run driver and crashed his own vehicle into the Toyota Tacoma in order to prevent the man from getting away. When police arrived, they took the driver of the pickup truck into custody. The hit-and-run driver is expected to be charged in the incident.

One of the pedestrians hit was critically injured in the accident and the other died on the way to the hospital. It devastating for anyone to lose a loved one, but it can be even more painful to know that a family member was killed because a negligent driver chose to run a red light. Accidents can cause catastrophic injuries or take away an individual’s life. Personal injury attorneys in Miami are committed to representing each client’s case so that victims of accidents and family member’s of victims can receive the compensation they need to recover and move forward.

Source:NBC Miami: “Motorist Rams Truck to Stop Fatal Hit-And-Run Driver,” Todd Wright, 1 Feb. 2011