Florida launches campaign to reduce hit-and-run crashes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Even as the total number of hit-and-run crashes in Florida fell last year, the number of deaths resulting from those crashes rose by over 18 percent, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. As part of an effort to reduce the number of hit-and-run crashes and help close open cases, the state agency has launched a “Stay at the Scene” campaign for February, which is Hit-and-Run Awareness Month. In Florida, a driver is required to stop immediately at the scene of a crash resulting in property damage, injury or death. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law.”AdAccording to figures provided by the state, most hit-and-run crashes happen either at night or during low-light conditions. These crashes are particularly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, who made up more than half of the hit-and-run deaths in 2020.
Man killed in hit-and-run was local pastor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A family and a congregation are grieving the loss of a pastor struck and killed Wednesday morning by a vehicle that drove away. Lindsay Brown, a pastor at New Life Evangelistic Center, was struck while crossing Crystal Springs Road near Hammond Boulevard about 7 a.m. Bishop Antonio Richardson, senior pastor at New Life, said Brown took a walk at 6 a.m. every day and arrived back home by 7:15. Brown had a hand in all aspects of the church serving in the youth ministry, marriage ministry, administration and finance department. “I’m reminding them that weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning.
Deadly hit-and-run on Lane Avenue, Police investigating
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 25-year-old woman was killed in a deadly hit-and-run accident while crossing Lane Avenue on Saturday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The woman was crossing Lane Avenue when she was struck by the hit-and-run driver who was traveling Northbound, according to JSO. The Sheriff’s Office says the incident was captured by nearby video. JSO Traffic Homicide is leading a further investigation into this deadly hit-and-run accident. Anyone with information that could help detectives can contact JSO, either at its non-emergency line (904-630-0500 or by email at JSOcrimetips@jaxsheriff.org.
2 pedestrians injured in St. Augustine hit-and-run
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle Saturday night at Old Moultrie Road and Old Hastings Road in St. Augustine. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said one of the victims was in a wheelchair. The sheriff’s office told News4Jax one of the victims was in a wheelchair. They are searching for a maroon vehicle with damage on the right passenger side in connection with the hit-and-run. Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or has information about the crash is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.
Middleburg woman sentenced to 4 years in deadly hit-and-run case
A Middleburg woman was sentenced Tuesday to prison time after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the March hit-and-run death of a cyclist. Amber Borden, 22, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by five years’ probation in the crash that killed 34-year-old Summer Black. Borden pleaded guilty last month to leaving the scene of a crash involving a death in the case. Police said Black was riding her bicycle along Beach Boulevard near Southside Boulevard about 2:30 a.m. March 25 when she was hit from behind by Borden’s Kia. Police later secured cellphone evidence that placed her near the scene at the time of the crash.
Friend of women killed in hit-and-run: ‘It could have been me too’
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Nearly six months have ticked by since Susanne Landino and Bonnie Parry were struck and killed while biking along Race Track Road in St. Johns County. The man accused of leaving the scene of the crash, Henry Haigler, is out on bond after pleading not guilty to two charges of felony hit-and-run. One of Landino’s close friends and neighbors, Bunny Swiatocha tells News4Jax the past several months have been difficult, especially going into the holidays. “It makes me frustrated to know Thanksgiving, he was with his family and Christmas he will be with his family. As long as the man accused of leaving the scene of the crash remains out of jail, Swiatocha says she will not have peace.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office: Woman located by FHP after hit-and-run
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A woman sought in a hit-and-run was located by the Florida Highway Patrol, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office said the hit-and-run took place about 5 p.m. Friday at Fast Track on State Road 20 and Sun Avenue. Deputies said another vehicle was damaged. On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office shared photos on its Facebook page of a woman and asked for the public’s help to identify her in connection with the case. Less than 24 hours later, according to the Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol was able to find the woman pictured thanks to tips.