Pensacola, FL (September 8, 2018) - The victim of a fatal hit-and-run on Gulf Beach Highway has been identified by police. The incident took place on Wednesday night, near the intersection with West Sunset Avenue.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Theodore Vonstorch was walking along the roadway when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Vonstorch suffered critical injuries and later passed away from the injuries. A second person, Anita Lamb, was also struck by the vehicle. Lamb was not seriously hurt.
Police are still looking for the suspect vehicle, which is believed to be a white Chevy pickup with Florida tag number N77. The vehicle likely has front-end damage.
The number of hit-and-run crashes that take place in Florida is very high. In 2017, there were more than 98,000 hit-and-run accidents reported across our state. This represents approximately 25% of all total reported crashes.
All drivers are required to remain at the scene of a reportable accident. If the accident involves injuries, it is a felony to leave the scene and the offender could face significant fines and substantial prison time if convicted.
In addition to criminal penalties a hit-and-run driver may be held civilly responsible for any injuries sustained in the crash. Medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering damages can call be recovered by victims of hit-and-run crashes.
At Rubenstein Law, our attorneys help victims of hit-and-run accidents on a daily basis. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Florida car accident, call us for a free consultation at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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