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Semi-truck and driver found after deadly hit-and-run accident

When people think of vehicles fleeing the scene of an accident, they often think of a sleek sports car, or a motorcycle that can reach high speeds. While these vehicles can flee the scene of an accident, they aren’t the only type of vehicles that can.

A man was recently killed when in a collision with a semi-truck and trailer. Incredibly, the truck driver fled the scene of the accident. While it didn’t happen at high-speeds, it still tragically ended in a fatality.

The accident happened on Florida’s Highway 192 near Hickory Tree Road, according to Florida State Patrol. According to FHP, a full police investigation will be conducted. After the crash, an off-duty police officer spotted the vehicle allegedly involved in the hit-and-run and followed it until troopers responded to the scene and pulled the vehicle over. The driver of the tractor-trailer appeared to have been hauling some type of fresh seafood cargo at the time of the crash. It isn’t immediately known why the truck driver left the scene of the truck accident.

Anyone involved in a car accident or truck accident is obligated, by law, to stay at the scene until the authorities clear a person to leave or medical need supersedes. Incidences of truck accidents where the truck driver leaves the scene are rare, but they do happen.

In truck accidents, it is possible that the truck driver was fatigued or under the influence of something that would impair his or her judgement the day of the truck accident. A police investigation is helpful in seeking answers to these questions.

Source:, “Off-duty deputy finds tractor-trailer that fled after fatal crash in Osceola, troopers say,” Christal Hayes, April 10, 2017

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