Driver arrested in fatal hit-and-run car accident

A Flushing fatal hit-and-run car accident occurred in Manatee County, Florida on Saturday. The accident killed a 15-year-old boy and broke the leg of the young teenager’s 16-year-old friend. The two teenage boys were skateboarding back to their homes at the time of the accident and the driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the accident. Fortunately, the Florida Highway Patrol pieced together clues from the accident scene and was able to locate the whereabouts of the driver.

The fatal accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night as the teenagers were skateboarding down Whitfield Avenue in south Manatee County. An SUV hit the teenage boys and fled the scene of the accident. On Sunday investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol obtained fragments of the SUV that were left behind at the scene of the accident. The investigators then took those fragments to a used-car dealership where they were able to determine the fragments came from a GMC Envoy.

The investigators set out on a search for a GMC Envoy and discovered an Envoy parked in a driveway less than one mile from the accident scene. The SUV had substantial damage to its front and there appeared to be blood on the underneath part of the chassis. Investigators then saw a woman resting on her back porch and asked her about the vehicle. At first the woman explained she had hit a mailbox but then admitted she hit the teenagers when officers read her Miranda rights.

The woman said she had been traveling 40 miles per hour when car accident occurred, and she did not offer a reason why she did not stop. The woman was arrested on two charges. One charge was for the felony count of leaving the scene of a crash with a fatality. The 16-year-old boy that survived the crash had to have a metal rod inserted into his broken leg in order to stabilize it. hilleltraubBaltimore lawyer is available to assist in similar cases.



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