A 7-year-old boy was killed Saturday night in Port Richey after being hit by a motorcyclist who left the scene of the crash.
The 19-year-old biker turned himself in to the Port Richey Police Department on Sunday and admitted his involvement in the crash to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, according to police reports.
The man is now facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash where a death occurred and not having a motorcycle endorsement.
The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. when the boy was out for a walk with his mother and siblings that night looking at Christmas lights in their neighborhood. The family was crossing an intersection when the 19-year-old motorcyclist sped through and struck the boy.
The man then got back on his bike and drove away from the crash.
The boy was taken to a hospital close by, but died from his injuries.
Troopers say that they did recover shards of plastic that fell off the man’s motorcycle during the crash that ultimately helped them decipher the make and model of the motorcycle involved.
When most people think of motor vehicle accidents, they don’t usually think of people walking on foot being struck by a motorcycle. But, these types of accidents can and do happen, often resulting in tragic injuries to the pedestrian. Anytime a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, including a motorcycle, the results can be deadly.
A standard motorcycle weighs somewhere between 400-900 pounds, so when this piece of equipment collides with a pedestrian at a high rate of speed, it is easy to see how the results can be deadly.
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences one can go through in life. If your loved one died in an accident that they did not cause, such as a speeding motorcycle who fled the scene of the crash, this can be even more difficult to understand and accept. If you lost a child due to another person’s act of negligence, our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your rights to recover financial compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses stemming from the accident. We know that nothing we do will undo the pain and suffering you are experiencing, but we can do everything in our power to hold the at-fault party responsible for their careless and reckless actions.
A motorcyclist, just like any other driver, has a responsibility to keep others on the roadway safe. Motorists who ignore traffic laws and do not yield to pedestrians can be found at fault when accidents happen. We proudly help pedestrians and surviving family members who have been the victims of:
- Hit and run collisions
- Drunk or drugged driving accidents
- Intersection or crosswalk accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- All other types of pedestrian accidents
At Whittel & Melton, we understand the devastating toll that losing a loved one can take on your family. We want to provide you with the peace of mind you need to know that we will handle every detail of your loved one’s wrongful death case so that you can focus on working through your grief and healing. We want to make sure the responsible party is held accountable so that they do not repeat their negligent actions and cause anyone else to suffer harm.
Our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand the amount of financial damages you are entitled to in a wrongful death claim. Your award should cover both your current and future financial losses, such as:
- Lost income
- Any medical bills
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- Metal anguish
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