Another day, another person injured in a Hit and Run accident.
Francesca Moise, a 7-year old, was walking with her mother, brother and sister along the 7300 block of Tam O’Shanter Boulevard when a car ran onto the grass along the sidewalk and struck her. Police and relatives said told The Sun Sentinal, that Francesca is in a coma after she was hit by a car whose driver did not stop Wednesday evening.
As reported by Danielle A. Alvarez, a white-and-black vehicle, later described by the Sheriff’s Office as an Acura Integra, hit the girl and sped away. Francesca’s siblings, Nedia, 14, and Baresi, 10, said they knew their younger sister had been hit when they saw the bag she was holding fly in the air. The little girl had severe wounds on her face and was covered in blood.
Her mother, Milly Moise, tried to revive her daughter at the scene, relatives said.
Rescuers were able to restore her heartbeat before she was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center. Francesca remains there in critical condition, police said Thursday.
Deputies located the Integra abandoned near a Lauderhill warehouse. Police said the damage to the car was consistent with striking a small child. They are trying to determine who was driving the car when Francesca was struck.
Police are asking anyone with information on the accident to call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477.
The number of Hit and Run accidents in Miami is staggering. it seems that on a weekly basis someone dies in a Hit and Run Accident.
People are opting to choose self-preservation over personal responsibility in many car accidents. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one (1) out of every five (5) pedestrians killed on the roads, dies from a hit-and-run.
There are many factors contributing to the abundance of hit-and-runs, but a couple of the most prevalent are the number of unlicensed or illegal drivers and the fear of Driving Under the Influence penalties.
The AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety found that 21% of all fatal crashes from 1993-1999 involved drivers with no valid license. That is a huge percentage of people on the road, driving illegally. Nobody knows exactly how many unlicensed drivers there are, but the number is projected to be somewhere in the millions. Many believe the high number of hit-and-runs corresponds with the high number of illegal immigrants who are unlicensed. If an illegal immigrant was to stay on the scene of a car accident they could risk deportation and this fear promotes a “nothing to lose” mentality: that the consequences of fleeing are equal to or less than the consequences of being arrested for having no license and being involved in a fatal car crash. Thus, the top seven states with the largest populations of illegal immigrants are the top hit-and-run fatalities states.
If you are the victim of a Hit and Run accident, you may want to contact a Miami Personal injury lawyer to review your case.
In Florida, Uninsured Motorist coverage provides benefits for Hit and Run Victims.