Three people were killed on Sunday morning in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Jacksonville. News 4 Jacksonville is reporting that one of the three people who died early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident was a young father.
Details about the Fatal Accident
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a BMW was traveling west on Duval Station Road, which is off North Main Street, when it was hit by a newer-model silver vehicle that left the scene of the accident.
According to the authorities, the BMW veered off the roadway, hit a tree, and then caught fire. All three people in the BMW were killed in the accident.
Tasha Schell, a family member of the at least one of the victims, pleaded that the person responsible for causing the accident should step forward and accept the consequences of their actions.
The victims’ vehicle was towed away from the scene of the accident at around 6 a.m. when the roadway was finally cleared. The remaining debris that was left behind was cleaned up by a couple living nearby.
Investigators from the traffic homicide unit said that the vehicle that caused the accident likely has damage in the front end of the driver’s side. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff Office.
Important Information about Traffic Accidents
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there are thousands of wrongful deaths that occur every year as a result of traffic accidents:
- 32,675 people were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2014.
- Aside from those who were killed in 2014, 2.3 million people were also injured in traffic accidents.
- 31 percent of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol and impaired driving.