Lakeland, FL (October 7, 2018) - The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a hit-and-run driver following a collision with a motorcycle on Friday, October 5th.
According to police, 43-year-old Derrick Ray Shannon was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle northbound on US 98 around 2:44 pm. At the same time, a female was operating a 2016 Hyundai Accent southbound on US 98. As the female attempted to turn onto Mann Road from US 98, she drove into the path of Shannon's motorcycle. The motorcycle overturned and skidded 150 feet from the point of the collision. The Accent driver then fled the crash scene.
Shannon was rushed to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Police have identified the suspect driver as Bobbi Darlene Fritz. Anyone with information on the crash is urged to the FHP at 813-558-1800.
Hit-and-run crashes account for nearly a quarter of all reported accidents in Florida. When a hit-and-run occurs, the victim may be left feeling helpless. It is illegal to leave the scene of an injury accident and is actually a felony punishable by incarceration. In this case, the suspect driver will face severe criminal charges once she is apprehended.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run crash, it is important to consult a knowledgeable Florida car accident attorney. The attorneys at Rubenstein Law have years of experience assisting hit-and-run crash victims in obtaining proper compensation for their injuries. For a free consultation, call us at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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