Five Vehicles, Including Two Hit-and-Run Drivers, Strike Florida Pedestrian

A tragic auto accident in Brandon, Fla., resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

In the predawn hours of a recent Friday, Ronald J. Sandalic, a 57-year-old homeless man, was struck by a car on East Bloomingdale Avenue. Madison A. Dvorak, 19, was behind the wheel of the 2005 Ford Focus. Sandalic was thrown some distance and landed in the middle of the road.

Ricky Polk, 56, of Temple Terrace, reports seeing Dvorak jumping up and down and crying on the road’s shoulder before his car hit Sandalic as he lay in the roadway. Polk also pulled over and tried warning other drivers. But he couldn’t stop a third car, driven by John Gallagher, 57, from hitting the man. Gallagher also stopped and tried to help.

Then the story takes an even worse turn. The witnesses say the man was struck by two more pickup trucks. But those drivers did not stop. Instead, they simply sped away.

Sandalic was almost certainly dead before the hit-and-run drivers ran over him, and those drivers would likely not have faced any charges. But simple human compassion and responsibility says those drivers should have stopped, tried to help and given a statement to the police.

If you or a loved one are injured or killed in an auto accident, consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.