On Fri. Dec. 12, David Lee Veargis died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle in Pembroke Pines.
Police are investigating this hit-and-run crash as they are uncertain when 58-year-old Veargis was hit. Around 4 a.m., a motorist passing by called authorities and alerted them about a body on the southbound lanes of the 700 block of University Drive.
Investigators found the cyclist on the roadway along with debris from the vehicle they suspect struck Veargis. Based on the evidence, the vehicle is believed to be a 2006 to 2009 Ford Fusion with a missing passenger-side mirror and damage on the right front end. The police are still working to determine the color of the vehicle.
Veargis was riding north in the southbound lanes of University Drive when the vehicle hit him. He was only about a mile-and-a-half away from home.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the vehicle or driver to email the Pembroke Pines Police Department at Tips@ppines.com or call Broward Crime Stoppers.
This is the second hit-and-run accident reported in less than a week in Broward County. On Dec. 10 two young brothers were struck by a truck and are still fighting for their lives at a local hospital.
In 2013, crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes was on the rise. Shockingly, the number of fatal hit-and-runs was increasing during this time period while overall traffic deaths were decreasing.
The car accident attorneys at Gordon & Doner urge all motorists to obey the law and always stop at the scene of an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured or wrongfully killed by a hit-and-run driver, we can help you fight for the justice you deserve. our attorneys offer free legal consultations and can help you determine what your legal options are.
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