Heintz & Becker is trying to use the power of social media to help authorities find the vehicle - thought to be 1997 or 1998 red or maroon Mustang with dark tinted windows - that hit and seriously injured a motorcyclist around 5:45 p.m. on October 10, 2015 in Bradenton. The suspect vehicle was headed east in the center lane of 6th Avenue when it turned left into the left lane, striking the motorcycle being ridden by our client, and then fled the scene at a high rate of speed southbound on 5th Street East, running the stop sign at the 800 Block of 5th Street East.
Our client, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was admitted to intensive care at Blake Medical Center with extensive blood loss and gruesome injuries to his right leg and foot. If you have any information that could help find the Mustang and the person who was driving it, Heintz & Becker asks you to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300 or Heintz & Becker at 941-748-2916. If you are the driver of that Mustang, we urge you to seek legal advice then contact us.
In response to the ever growing epidemic of hit-and-run crashes, the Florida Highway Patrol developed the hit-and run awareness campaign called "Hit & Run, Bad 2 Worse". The campaign discourages people from leaving the scene of an accident by educating drivers that doing so will make a bad situation even worse because they have now committed a crime and may face serious criminal consequences. If you become a victim of a hit-and-run driver your quick thinking may enable authorities to locate the hit-and-run driver.
You should remain alert and try to get as much information as possible, including the license tag number/state, a description of the driver, the make and color of the vehicle and what direction it was headed. Immediately call 911 or *FHP (*347), and give a detailed account of all the information you have. Let the authorities pursue the hit-and-run driver - don't go after the driver yourself. If there were any witnesses, see if they can provide any additional information and get their contact information in case they need to be contacted later.
The attorneys at Heintz & Becker hope that posting this appeal may help locate the hit-and-run driver and enable the authorities, as well as the victim of this accident, to take action to hold him or her responsible for their actions. If you or a member of your family has been wrongly injured and need an experienced accident lawyer, please call us for a free no-obligation consultation. We may be able to help you even if the at-fault driver has not been located.
Source(s): Bradenton Herald, "Hit-and-run epidemic engulfs Manatee County", posted February 18, 2014