Search continues for tractor-trailer that fled after fatal crash in Osceola

Troopers are searching for a tractor-trailer in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old Orlando man last night. 

The crash happened about 8 p.m. on U.S. Highway 192 at Hickory Tree Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the tractor-trailer was possibly a red flatbed truck hauling oysters. It was last seen heading south on Hickory Tree Road.

Anyone with information about the crash or truck involved can call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.


Here's what we would do if we were helping the victim's family: 

1) Send our private investigator out to the scene

Dale, our private investigator, would do a survey of the area where the accident happened. A recording camera could be the key to finding the hit-and-run driver.

Cameras are everywhere. They are on nearby buildings, at intersections and even dashboard cameras are in most cars these days. There are also cameras in most commercial trucks as well, the driver just has to hit "record" when an accident happens to capture what happened before and after the incident.


2) See if there is Uninsured Motorist Coverage

If the deceased or any other vehicle in the deceased’s household has Uninsured Motorist Coverage, this benefit could be used to pay for expenses.


3) Open an estate for the deceased

In Florida, a wrongful death situation requires that a Personal Representative is appointed. The Personal Rep acts as the person responsible on behalf of all who have a legal claim against the at-fault person or company. 


4) Look to Personal Injury Protection benefits for funeral expenses

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance provides a death benefit of $5,000 per person where a death arises out of the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle.


Once again, anyone with information about the crash should call Crimeline at 800-423-8477 since unfortunately, the hit-and-run driver has still yet to be identified. My sincere condolences to the family.  




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Source:Orlando Sentinel

Photo Source: Michael Gil (CC by 2.0)

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