Escambia County, FL (September 15, 2018) - A bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Escambia County. The crash occurred on Friday, September 14th.
Florida Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene to investigate. According to troopers, 39 year old Melissa Kay Hicks was riding eastbound on Michigan Avenue near Jaker Lane when she was struck by a vehicle. There is no description of the vehicle available at this time. Hicks suffered critical injuries. Escambia County EMS arrived and pronounced her dead on scene just after 10:00 pm.
Police are actively looking for the suspect vehicle. Anyone with any information on the crash is urged to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 850-484-5000 or *FHP.
We are saddened to hear of this fatal hit-and-run crash in Escambia County. Hit-and-run accidents of all types account for about 25% of crashes that occur in Florida each year. A hit-and-run accident can have devastating consequences and may cause psychological distress for victims and their families as the suspect remains abroad.
Police will continue to search for the driver in this accident. When they are located, they will face charges in connection with the accident, including felony hit-and-run. If the crash was caused by the driver's negligence, they will also face a wrongful death claim by the victim's family. In Florida, wrongful death claims are brought by surviving family members. A wrongful death case permits the family to recover compensation for a variety of expenses, including loss of income, loss of companionship, medical bills and funeral/burial expenses.
Wrongful death cases are complicated and should be handled by an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. The attorneys at Rubenstein Law are here to help in troubling times. To speak with us for free, give us a call at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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