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Hit-and-run accidents are a significant concern in Florida and other states. When someone causes an injury, then leaves the scene of the accident, necessary medical treatment for the victim may be delayed. Sadly, hit-and-run accidents are not uncommon, and they often leave a victim with serious or fatal injuries. A recent accident in West Palm Beach left a woman dead and the driver fled the scene.  

Accident details 

The collision happened early on a Saturday morning on 45th Street. A 23-year-old woman was struck by a van while she crossed the street. The driver of the vehicle that struck her fled the scene. The woman died from her injuries. 

Police used evidence from the scene to find the driver’s home. When they arrived at his home, the van was hidden behind a fence on the property. When questioned, the man admitted to hitting something but claimed he did not know it was a person. The man has criminal charges against him based on his role in the accident and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.  

Hit-and-run accidents can cause much trauma 

When a family loses a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, they are likely left with many questions. Families may wonder if their loved one could have survived if they have received medical treatment sooner. These types of unexpected accidents also often cause serious financial problems for families who suddenly need to pay for a funeral and other expenses. Families who find themselves looking for help after losing a loved one in a car accident can benefit from speaking with a Florida personal injury attorney to understand their legal options in seeking compensation.