Hit and Run Arrest of Suspected Driver – What Are the Legal Issues Involved with the Case? Criminal and Civil

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The hit and run death of Lt. Robert Huish took place on November 28, 2010. Since the accident, investigators went to work to track down the driver of the hit and run vehicle. The suspected driver – Gregory Matthew Jacobs (age 29) appeared in a Duval County Courtroom to face criminal charges for the tragic hit and run death of Lt. Robert Huish. The State Attorney’s Office has the responsibility of pursuing this case and must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Mr. Jacobs will be entitled to defend himself against these charges. Evidence in the case will include witness statements and forensic evidence including but not limited to the vehicle that investigators believe was involved in the fatal accident. Police located the black Isuzu Rodeo with front end property damage in the garage of Jacobs’ home. Investigators and forensic experts should be able to match the property damage to the vehicle to bicycle and other evidence obtained by investigators at the scene. This, of course, assumes that the the Rodeo was the vehicle involved in the crash. See B Beaches Man Charged with Killing Jacksonville Navy Pilot in Hit and Run Accident.
The family of Lt. Robert Huish may also decide to pursue a civil case against the driver and owner of the suspect vehicle for the untimely and tragic death of Lt. Robert Huish. This case must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence which is a lower standard than the criminal standard. Florida also has adopted a comparative fault standard for automobile accidents. In other words, a jury could apportion the fault among two or more people.
Pursuant to Florida Statute Section 316.027, the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in injury of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. Any person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

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