MIAMI, FL – Two cars left the scene after a fatal hit and run accident in Miami killed a pedestrian crossing the street.
A man was killed after he was struck by three cars while crossing a Miami-Dade street Monday, police said.
According to the Miami-Dade Police, Ismael Cruz-Pratts, 48, was crossing the street at the 11400 block of Northwest 17th Avenue when he was struck by a Nissan Altima.
Man Struck By Three Cars Dies in Miami-Dade Street
As the driver stopped to assist him, he was hit by two other vehicles, a Cadillac and a Honda, which both fled the scene.
Rescue units responded and Cruz-Pratts was pronounced dead at the scene.
Complex fatal hit-and-run accident investigations in Miami
Investigation into a civil claim in this case can be complex and may involve several insurance companies. The initial driver who put this man in harm’s way could be held 100% responsible for causing the death, even though the other drivers struck him. If the other drivers are found and it cannot be determined who actually killed him, all drivers could be held jointly responsible for the death.
Prior experience with multi-vehicle hit and run fatal accidents in Florida
Over the past several years, I’ve handled many multi-vehicle run-over accidents. In one case, a young mother was crossing the street when she was run over by 6 vehicles. Most of the vehicles were caught. She left behind two young children. I was able to recover policy limits from all vehicles who had insurance. Some insurance carriers tried to argue that we couldn’t prove which vehicle actually killed our client. We successfully argued that it was impossible to tell which vehicle killed our client and each vehicle was responsible as a contributing factor.
Investigations in multi-vehicle accidents may involve probate administration, probate litigation, wrongful death law, Personal Injury Protection benefits, medical expenses if the person did not die immediately, funeral expenses, life insurance, product liability, dram shop exposure, and many other facets. It is important to speak with an attorney who has experience in this field to advise you on your rights as a family member who lost a loved one in a hit and run accident.
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