Charlotte County, FL (September 12, 2018) - A driver faces numerous charges following a hit-and-run crash in Charlotte County that left another driver hurt. The crash took place on Tuesday, September 11th at Toledo Blade Blvd. and US-41.
Police say that Polly LeMaster was turning left at a green light when she collided with another vehicle. The force of the impact cause the vehicle to flip over. LeMaster fled the scene shortly after the collision before police could arrive on scene. She was later apprehended and charged with several violations, including driving under the influence, driving under the influence with property damage and injury, leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.
The other driver sustained injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. There is no exact word on the nature of the injuries and the victim has not been identified at this time.
Drunk driving continues to be a problem across Florida. In 2016, there were a reported 5,223 alcohol related DUI crashes. An additional 617 crashes were related to drugged driving, also a form of DUI. 417 of the alcohol related crashes were fatal, while 291 of the drug crashes were fatal. While some years suggest an improvement in the overall trend, the number is still far too high.
In this crash, the impaired driver will be held civilly and criminally responsible for negligent driving. The victim will have the right to recover for her injuries, including potentially bringing a personal injury claim against the other driver.
At Rubenstein Law, we take drunk driving accidents seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving alcohol or drugs, please call us for assistance. We offer free consultations to all accident victims, 1-800 FL-Legal.
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