Hit and Run Report, Holiday Fatals

The number of drivers leaving the scene of an accident in Leon County is rising. The Leon County Sheriff's Office expects to handle more than 1,000 hit and run cases by the end of the year.

Last year the department handled a little more than 900 cases. Authorities say the more cars, the more chance for a hit and run, and a large number of cases involve parked cars.

DEP Pat Moran of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Our numbers show it happens all over the county, like I said, parking lots, mall parking lots are a big issue with us, apartment complexes where students live or just on a normal street."

If you're found guilty of a hit and run you could face the charge of a second degree misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail.

Also the Florida traffic crash numbers over the holiday weekend are in and they don't look good. Florida Highway Patrol says 37 people died in traffic crashes from Wednesday to Sunday last week.

Seventy six percent of those who died were not wearing a seat belt. Presently, three of the fatal crashes involved alcohol. The one death in our area happened in Gadsden County.