On February 15, 2011, the Miami Dade County commissioners and law enforcement officials honored Mark Brown, a Miami Dade County solid waste employee, for his unselfish act in stopping a motorist who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
This accident involved two pedestrians who were hit by Rolando Aliaga who was driving a pick up. Brown, who was driving in the area, hit Aliaga's vehicle, forcing him to stop. One of the victims was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to the hospital while the other was admitted in serious condition.
My heart goes out to the victims of this Miami hit and run pedesrtian accident. I also commend the brave act of our local resident in apprehending the suspect responsible.
Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Statistics Report for 2009 states that 7878 persons were injured that year as a result of pedestrian accidents. During 2009, there were 502 fatalities reported due to Florida pedestrian accidents.
What was the cause of this injury accident?
Based on the news account of this accident it is unclear what series of events may have led to this driver losing control of his vehicle and hitting the pedestrians. Several issues need to be addressed: How fast was the driver going?? Did he lose control of the vehicle and why? Was there mechanical malfunction in the pick up that caused him to lose control?
If it is ultimately determined that this runaway driver is at fault, he could be responsible for the victims' injuries. The injured victim and the families of the injured and deceases may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills, loss wages and other damages related to the accident. Such victims are advised to contact an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer, who will investigate the accident thoroughly and fight for the rights of the victims and their families.
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