Man Charged with Fatal Hit-And-Run in Sumter County


A murder charge has been filed against the 27-year-old man accused of killing a Citrus County woman during a hit-and-run crash in Sumter County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 27-year-old man was speeding away from police after a traffic stop in Wildwood Tuesday afternoon when he was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, providing false information, felony murder, driving with a revoked license, as well as fleeing and eluding.

After the crash, investigators found an AK-47 rifle in the car.

He was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Troopers also said they’re still looking for the second person who ran away from the scene that was riding in the car with the man, when the deadly crash took place at the intersection of State Road 44 and County Anyone with information about this case, including the whereabouts of the second person in the car, is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office or the Florida Highway Patrol.

Any type of accidental death may qualify as a wrongful death — this includes car accidents caused by an unsafe driver, as is the case for this particular incident. A negligent or careless driver can be found criminally responsible for your loved one’s death, and you can also seek damages in what is called a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action unrelated to any criminal charges, which is brought by the decedent’s surviving family to collect financial compensation for damages, such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, etc.

If someone you love has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident, you could be entitled to damages. Our Citrus County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can advise you on whether it’s in your best interests to file a wrongful death suit. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for filing wrongful death suits, so you must act fast and contact us as soon as possible after the accident.

Your consultation is free, so call us today at 352-726-0078 to learn what steps you need to take to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you only pay us if you receive a financial award.

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