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Family of Accident Victim Seeks Answers

Luis Rodriguez was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver on July 1st, 2015. Father, brother, son, and fiancee, Rodriguez had everything in the world to live for and look forward to, but that was taken away from him, and now the family is looking for answers as to who hit and killed him.

This tragic incident occurred around 6:15 in the morning on July 1st on an otherwise clear morning with no weather problems. Rodriquez was traveling along the Florida Turnpike when his motorcycle broke down and had an accident. Just then, he was hit by a driver who sped off and left him there without stopping, calling the police, or seeking medical help for Luis.

State troopers are confident there were other drivers on the road when this happened, and they may have seen something. Now the family is asking for help from those who possibly witnessed this hit-and-run accident, and they are pleading that the person responsible come forward.

Rodriguez’s sister, Yesenia Barrios, said that her “brother was an exceptional father, an exceptional brother, probably one of the best people you could ever meet.” Rodriguez was looking forward to a new, promising job at a Honda dealership, but now leaves behind grief-stricken and heartbroken family members trying to put all the pieces together.

The family wants to know what happened to their loved one so his child can someday know, and so they can understand why this might have happened. In an a final plea from Barrios, she said “just picture it being one of your family members and what you would have wanted for somebody to do for your family if you were caught in the same situation.”

Hit and Run Accidents are Rising in Number in U.S.

Unfortunately hit-and-run accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in the United States. In a 2013 story by USA TODAY, it was reported that hit-and-run crashes are on the rise. In fact, the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes rose each year from 1,274 in 2009, to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011. This is a shocking trend that wreaks havoc on families everywhere.

Not only do hit and run crashes cause unspeakable tragedies to families and loved ones of victims, but they also can leave financial troubles. There are reasons why Florida and other states require drivers to have insurance, and one of those reasons is so victims can be compensated in the wake of tragic accidents. But when drivers hit and then run from the scene, the families are left behind to deal with all the resulting consequences.

The family of Rodriguez is being represented by our firm, Alan Goldfarb, P.A. At a news interview in his downtown office, Alan Goldfarb said that he is certain Rodriguez was alive after the motorcycle broke down, and that it was the hit-and-run driver who caused the death.

Now the family, police, and the family’s attorneys are asking that anyone with any information about the hit-and-run accident contact the police.

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