Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Police have arrested a young man in connection with a hit-and-run accident which killed one bicyclist and injured another. Now police trying to determine if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident and what charges he will be facing.
WSVN reports that the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on Cordon Boulevard near Biscayne Bay.
Alejandro Alvarez, 21, left a club in South Beach and was returning home to his parent’s house in Key Biscayne when he struck two bicyclists, WSVN reported. Even though the two bicyclists were seriously injured, Alvarez then left the scene of the accident and returned home.
One of the bicyclists, 51 year-old Walter Reyes was pronounced dead on the scene. The other bicyclist, 40 year-old Henry Hernandez, was in serious condition and was rushed to a local hospital here he remains in stable condition, according to WSVN.
Alvarez returned to the scene where he was questioned by police who noted he smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and had blood shot eyes. The young man told police he struck the two bicyclists when he looked down at his phone to change a song.
Alvarez is facing several charges including manslaughter and DUI.
Hit-and-run accidents are a growing problem in the U.S. According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents that occur each year has been steadily increasing. In 2009, there were 1,274 fatal hit-and-run accidents compared to 2011 when there were 1,449 fatal hit-and-run accidents. That represents a 13 percent increase in a two-year period.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you are going need help. It can be very difficult for these victims to get the compensation they need to cover their accident-related bills unless they have an accomplished accident attorney on their side.
To combat the hit-and-run accident problem, Florida lawmakers passed a bill which makes the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident much harsher. The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act calls for a four year jail term for a fatal hit-and-run accident. According to WSVN, police are trying to determine if Alvarez will be charged under that law.
Oftentimes, drivers leave the scene of an accident because they know they are at-fault; they realize that their carelessness or irresponsible actions hurt or killed another person. In many incidents, the fleeing driver is intoxicated or on drugs and they mistakenly think can get away with leaving an injured or dying person on the road. Some hit-and-run drivers do get away, but they all of them don’t and when they get caught things are worse. Not only do they face stiffer criminal penalties, but they also face stiffer civil penalties.
When hit-and-run accident victims have one of our excellent accident attorneys working on their case, they can stop worrying about whether they are going to be fairly compensated. Our Florida attorneys are dedicated to each client they represent and won’t relent until they get they get the best settlement possible. They understand the state’s personal injury laws and know what it takes to get you the settlement you need.

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