It’s anyone’s worst nightmare: you’re alongside the road minding your own business when a car comes barreling along, out of control. That car not only ends your life, but your son’s life as well. How will your loved ones cope with the extremity of their loss? How will they afford to go on after you’re gone? What will the authorities do to make things right–once they catch the person responsible? Those are the questions being asked in West Miami, after a hit and run has left a father and son dead, and the rest of the family in tatters.
Jose Eduardo Cepeda Luna, 57, and his son Cesar Eduardo Cepeda, 34, are both dead after a driver struck them while they stood outside their vehicle on State Road 836. Police discovered that Cesar had lost control of his vehicle, pulled off to the side of the road, and called his father for help. They were struck by what may have been a stolen Camaro.
After the accident, the drivers of the Camaro stole Jose’s vehicle and drove off in it. The owner of the Camaro wasn’t able to alert police who was driving the vehicle at the time of the hit and run, but provided them with information about anyone who may have had access.
The police treat all such accidents with increased importance. If you fled the scene of an accident when it was safe to stay, then you’ve committed a crime. If you’ve committed one crime, then how likely it is that you’ve committed others? This might not seem like flawless logic, but the police need to ensure that hit and run accidents were in fact accidents, and not intentional. That’s why it’s so important to take responsibility for your actions and turn yourself in in such cases. Failure to do so can put you at even greater risk of being blamed for something you may not have done, and it will surely be a burden on the loved ones who want answers.
If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one in a car accident, then you should speak to a lawyer about avenues for compensation as soon as possible. The right legal help will grant you the confidence you need to deal with the situation and its aftermath, and hopefully provide you with as much justice as one can hope to find after such an ordeal.