St. Johns County Leaving the Scene of Accident Hit and Run Death

Florida Leaving the Scene of an AccidentAs a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I have represented people charged with different types of Florida driving charges.  Some of the well known crimes are Jacksonville driving under the influence and Jacksonville driving on a suspended licenseFlorida DUI arrests cause drivers license suspensions.  Driving while having a license suspended or revoked seems to occur the most often and leads to driver’s loosing their licenses for 5 years as Florida habitual traffic offenders.  In 2012, I have noticed another Florida criminal traffic charge taking the local media spotlight lately.  I have been reading a lot of articles about Jacksonville hit and run car accidents. I have also been writing about Jacksonville hit and run accidents.

Recently, I read an article about a St. Johns County hit and run that resulted in a death.  The St. Augustine Record reported:

“A St. Augustine man was killed shortly after midnight Sunday when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Anastasia Boulevard, WJXT News in Jacksonville reports.  According to that report, witnesses said they saw Christian Schroom, 49, standing with his bicycle in the middle of Anastasia Boulevard near the intersection of Arredondo Avenue. They told police they were trying to help him cross when a car ran over him without stopping.  St. Augustine police are asking nearby businesses for access to their surveillance videos and will use traffic cameras on the Bridge of Lions in an attempt to identify the vehicle.”

A hit and run or leaving the scene of the accident charge ranges from a misdemeanor to felony offense.  Florida Statute 316.061 governs crashes involving damage to vehicle or property.  This Florida traffic law states:

“(1) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.”

Florida Statute 316.027 governs crashes involving death or personal injuries.  This law states:

“(1)(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in injury of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. Any person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(b) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in the death of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who is arrested for a violation of this paragraph and who has previously been convicted of a violation of this section, s. 316.061, s. 316.191, or s. 316.193, or a felony violation of s. 322.34, shall be held in custody until brought before the court for admittance to bail in accordance with chapter 903. Any person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. Any person who willfully commits such a violation while driving under the influence as set forth in s. 316.193(1) shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 2 years.”

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