According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two teenagers who were involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on July 1 are now cooperating with an ongoing investigation. One of the teens, who is believed to be the driver of a car that struck and killed a 58-year-old Orlando man, has been taken into custody and is being held in juvenile detention.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:35 pm near State Road 417 at the intersection of Lake Underhill Road and Deerwood Avenue. According to news sources, the man was standing near his disabled Nissan Murano when it was hit by a red Nissan Pathfinder. In a deadly chain-reaction, the force of the collision caused the Murano to crash into the man. He suffered fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
The Pathfinder's 17-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger fled the scene. Authorities located the abandoned SUV about five miles from the accident site. Reports indicate that damage to the back left side of the Pathfinder is consistent with eyewitness accounts that the SUV passed the stalled vehicle before it changed direction and crashed into it in reverse.
No injuries were reported by the man's 50-year-old wife, who was waiting inside the stalled Murano, or a good samaritan who had stopped to help prior to the collision. After seeking separate legal counsel, the teens contacted the FHP through their attorneys. As of press time, investigators have not released the identity of the SUV's owner or that person's relationship with the teen driver.
It's possible that a wrongful death lawsuit against anyone who proves to be liable could be filed by the man's beneficiaries, including his wife of 10 years. An attorney could evaluate the facts of the case and explain legal options to the surviving family members.
Source: Click Orlando, "Teen driver arrested in fatal Orlando hit-and-run," Daniel Dahm, July 2, 2015