Daytona Beach, Florida – Pedestrians Injured While Standing in Median on Ridgewood Avenue – Dangers of Florida Roadways and Hit and Run Drivers

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Daytona Beach Police are currently looking for a driver who struck three pedestrians and sped off, one victim was killed. Investigators say all pedestrians were standing in the median of Ridgewood Avenue a little before 5:00 p.m. As the victims were trying to cross they were struck by a white, four-door vehicle that investigators believe may be a Buick or Nissan. One victim died while being transported to the hospital, the other two victims sustained non-life-threatening personal injuries. The man who was killed has been identified as 33-year-old Frederick Lewis Cook of Daytona Beach. The other two pedestrians were identified as Michael Ohara Thompkins, 29, and John Clarence Baldwin, 35, both are Daytona Beach residents. After the vehicle struck the pedestrians it sped off on Freemont Avenue. According to police there were 3 men in the vehicle and police suspect the vehicle to have damage to its front, hood and windshield. For more read 2 pedestrians injured and 1 killed after hit-and-run on Ridgewood Avenue in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Under Florida Law, a person who is involved in an automobile accident that results in the personal injury or death of another person must stay at the scene until all obligations are fulfilled. Those who violate this statute commit a first degree felony. If a driver who violates this statute and is later found to be under the influence, he or she will receive a minimum of two years imprisonment. For more on Florida law regarding a driver’s duty to stop please read Duty to Stop at Accident Involving Personal Injuries – Section 316.027, Florida Statutes.

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