The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is looking for a driver they believe was involved in a fatal crash in Mandarin that tied up traffic for hours Thursday, September 22. The vehicle, a small white car, reportedly made an improper lane change on Interstate 295, according to FHP. The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. between the Old St. Augustine Road and San Jose Boulevard exits of Interstate 295. A pickup truck driver swerved to avoid hitting the white car and lost control, drove into the median, then drifted back across southbound lanes. Another vehicle had to swerve to avoid the pickup truck. It hit a metal light pole and a concrete pole injuring the driver. A passenger in that vehicle was taken to Shands Hospital and pronounced dead.
The driver of the white car just kept going.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to anyone who can help identify the driver of the white car. The number is 1-866-845-8477. The Florida Highway Patrol can be reached in Jacksonville at (904) 695-4115, extension 252. You can receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest and you can remain anonymous.
The Farah & Farah Law firm has joined Hit-and-Run Reward, a national program financed exclusively by American personal injury attorneys. You can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a reward of $1,000 if you provide information on the hit-and-run driver who is later charged with the crime. The number for Hit-and-Run Reward is 1-800-644-8678.
Sources: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/219898/483/FHP-Seeking-Driver-Who-Caused-Fatal-I-295-Crash; http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-09-22/story/1-dead-i-295-chain-reaction-crash-near-san-jose-boulevard