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Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash turned himself in to police

Many Florida residents would say that a child who walks away unharmed from an accident when other people are seriously or fatally injured is lucky. However, what they may fail to consider is that the child was forced to witness the crash, and that will leave scars that no one can see. The full impact of the tragedy on the "lucky" child may not be known for several years.

For example, the Florida Highway Patrol received a call regarding a hit-and-run accident that occurred around 9 p.m. on a Sunday night. When they arrived, they found a 14-year-old boy who suffered fatal injuries at the scene. His 12-year-old sister was physically unharmed.

According to reports, the siblings were walking south on the northbound side of the roadway. A southbound pickup truck careened out of its lane into the northbound lane and hit the boy. The vehicle driver then fled the scene.

The driver, a 50-year-old man, turned up later at the Putnam County Jail to surrender to authorities. He told officials where to locate the truck involved in the crash and is said to have been cooperative. It is not yet known what charges, if any, he faces.

Regardless of what happens to the driver, a family lost one of its members, and his sister will have to live with what happened for the rest of her life. The family may seek a sense of justice for what they have lost through the filing of a wrongful death claim against the driver. If the court determines that the driver's negligent actions caused or contributed to the death of their loved one, the family may be awarded damages. Any monetary restitution they receive could help with the expenses they incurred -- and may incur in the future -- in connection with this tragic hit-and-run crash.

Source: firstcoastnews.com, "FHP: Palatka teen killed in hit-and-run crash", Aug. 3, 2015

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