In another example of a reckless hit-and-run accident in Lee County, 19-year-old Adonis Gonzalez, from Fort Myers was recently arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol in connection to a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 75, at mile marker 134, that involved 8 vehicles and a total of 18 people last November where two people were injured and 7 vehicles where badly damaged.
At All Injuries Law Firm, we believe that awareness and understanding are essential in preventing tragic incidents such as hit-and-run accidents. As legal practitioners, we are committed to providing necessary insights into the legal implications of causing such a crash, particularly in Lee County, Florida.
Criminal Charges: If you cause a hit-and-run accident in Lee County and are found at fault, you will likely face serious criminal charges. These can range from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony if the accident results in a fatality. This recent tragic accident on Douglas Lane and Homer Avenue saw the at-fault driver facing charges including leaving the scene involving death, DUI manslaughter, and DUI property damage.
Civil Penalties: In addition to criminal charges, you could also be subject to civil penalties. This means that the victim or the victim's family may have the right to sue you for damages. Damages could include medical costs, loss of income, funeral expenses, emotional distress, and more.
Loss of Driving Privileges: Florida law mandates a mandatory revocation or suspension of the driver's license for individuals convicted of a hit-and-run.
Increased Insurance Premiums: If found at fault in a hit-and-run accident, your insurance premiums are likely to increase significantly. In some cases, your insurance company may even choose to discontinue your coverage.
Permanent Criminal Record: A conviction for a hit-and-run accident can result in a permanent criminal record, which can significantly impact your personal and professional life. It can affect future employment opportunities and could result in loss of certain civil rights.
Incarceration: Depending on the severity of the accident and whether it led to serious injury or death, you could face a substantial term of imprisonment.
We implore all drivers to respect traffic laws, stay vigilant, and prioritize safety. If you are involved in an accident, stay at the scene and report it to the police. Doing so not only aligns with the law but also gives the victim the best chance for immediate medical attention, possibly saving a life.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash Under Investigation in Lee County
LEE COUNTY, FL - A hit-and-run collision resulted in a fatality late last night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The accident occurred around 9:35 PM at the intersection of Douglas Lane and Homer Avenue.
The fatal crash began as an unidentified man from Lehigh Acres, was riding a bicycle westbound on the north shoulder of Douglas Lane.
As the bicyclist continued westward, a 32-year-old man identified by FHP as Zenaido Gomez, from Lehigh Acres was driving a Jeep Gladiator pickup truck heading east on Douglas Lane approaching the oncoming bicyclist.
According to the FHP report, at 9:35:00 PM the Jeep Gladiator partially entered the north grass shoulder where it collided with both the cyclist and a nearby mailbox. Post-collision, the driver exited the vehicle but then reentered and fled the scene.
Tragically, the cyclist sustained critical injuries and was immediately transported to a local hospital, but was later pronounced deceased. The identity of the cyclist has not been released pending positive identification.
Following the incident, the Jeep Gladiator was located at an address in Lehigh Acres and impounded. The driver was subsequently arrested and is facing charges of leaving the scene involving death, DUI manslaughter, and DUI property damage.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation by the FHP. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to reach out to the Florida Highway Patrol.