Pedestrians Killed in Fort Lauderdale Hit and Run Car Accident

February 13, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on February 13, 2009 10:15 AM | | Comments (0)
Two more Broward County deaths are attributable to an early morning Ft. Lauderdale hit and run.  According to reports, a white Porsche and an unidentified light colored vehicle were drag-racing down Seabreeze Boulevard when the two pedestrians were struck.  The two white males were found dead in the southbound lanes.  The white Porsche suspected in the deaths was found abandoned on the northbound on-ramp from Interstate 595 onto I-95, while the other vehicle has not yet been found.  No suspects have been apprehended thus far.

Tragically, pedestrian deaths and injuries are not an uncommon occurrence in Florida.  In 2006, 546 pedestrians were killed and 7,754 were injured in traffic accidents according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  In Miami-Dade County alone, there were 90 pedestrian deaths attributable to traffic crashes followed by 50 deaths in Broward County and 39 deaths in Palm Beach County.

The loss of a loved one is always a traumatic and devastating event.  When a loved one is lost due to the reckless or negligent driving of another, people often turn to the legal system for justice and compensation.  Many times, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a relative on behalf of their loved one in order to obtain compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and other compensable injuries.  Although nothing can fully compensate for the death of someone close to us, knowing the negligent driver does not get off with impunity and is held to account for their actions often contributes to the healing process.

***Update: Ryan LeVin has been identified as the owner of the Porsche involved in this fatal hit and run.  LeVin is now being held in a Cook County, Illinois jail for violating probation stemming from a 2006 police chase.  No charges have been filed against LeVin in connection with the Fort Lauderdale accident.

Gabriel Mejia is a personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices and , P.A.

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