Central Florida hit-and-run crashes on the rise, FHP says
1 in 4 crashes last year were hit-and-run incidents
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County had the most deaths and injuries caused by hit-and-run crashes last year, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The number of hit-and-run crashes across the state has increased during the last two years.
In 2016, one in four crashes was a result of a hit-and-run, FHP said.
Troopers are recruiting the families of hit-and-run victims during their annual statewide campaign against leaving the scene of a crash.
Kimberly Wiggin's husband, Rasheed Wiggins was killed in April 2016. The 39-year-old was hit by three different cars near Universal Boulevard and Destination Parkway, two drivers did not stop and have not been found.
Wiggins recounted the pain of finding him blocks from their home.
"In the middle of the street was my world," she said. "It was so confusing."
Rasheed Wiggins was one of 99,000 hit-and-run crashes in 2016.
Kimberly Wiggins is working with state legislators to begin using an alert system for drivers with descriptions of cars involved in hit and runs. The system would act much like the Amber Alert system.
Lawmakers plan to introduce a new bill later this year.
Leaving the scene of a fatal crash is a felony and offenders could serve 30 years in prison, according to the FHP.
Learn more about hit-and-run statistics in Central Florida and in the Sunshine State below.
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