A driver in Oskaloosa County was recently arrested after police say he fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident. Holden Danjean, 27, was allegedly seen by investigators hitting another vehicle on Eglin Parkway and then kept going [Source: 3 Wear TV]. An investigator claimed he attempted to stop Danjean on Old Ferry Road before he jumped out of his vehicle and headed towards some water.
The news source says deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and eventually found Danjean attempting to hide under a kayak beneath the steps of a dock. The Shalimar Police Department is now investigating two hit-and-run crashes that are linked to Danjean. The source says the incidents involved non-life-threatening injuries.
Danjean has been charged with fleeing and eluding and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
What should I do if I’m involved in a hit-and-run accident in Fort Walton Beach, FL?
While it is illegal for a driver in the state of Florida to flee the scene of an accident, many individuals fear the consequences they could be faced with if they were to stick around. For instance, if a driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident or was driving on a suspended license, rather than risk being arrested, they may attempt to run away with the hopes that they won’t get caught.
So, what do you do if you’re involved in an accident with a driver who has fled the scene?
While you may be feeling a little shaken up, it is important for you to remain calm. If you suffered injuries, you should call 911 right away. Esurance also recommends that you:
- Don’t chase the car. As angry as you might be feeling, it isn’t safe to pursue the vehicle. Instead, consider the next steps.
- Call the police. It is extremely important that you have a police report written up that serves as your proof that the accident transpired.
- Write down anything you can remember. Jot down and key details you can remember including the type of vehicle, color, year, etc. It is important that you write down the information while it is still fresh in your memory.
- Look for witnesses. Assess the accident scene to see if there is anyone around who may have witnessed the crash. Be sure to take down their information.
- Contact a Fort Walton Beach, FL accident attorney.
If you’re concerned about how you’re going to cover the costs associated with your property damage and/or medical bills, contact Browning Law Firm to speak with a Fort Walton Beach, FL car accident lawyer.
Browning Law Firm can be reached at:
418 Racetrack Rd. NE, Ste B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547