Truck Driver Charged for Bicyclist Death in Tampa Hit-and-Run Accident
Feb 12, 2020
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2020 – A 28-year-old bicyclist died in a hit-and-run accident with a pickup truck on a major Tampa roadway. The Florida Highway Patrol charged the truck driver with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and destruction of evidence.
Jacob Weinert was traveling southbound along U.S. 301 on his bicycle when he was fatally struck from behind by a two-door pickup truck. The crash occurred early morning near the Sligh Avenue intersection. Weinert was on his way to a warehouse where he worked as a forklift operator.
Police identified Steven Duane Baker, 61, as the truck driver. More than 24 hours after the crash, Baker called the Florida Highway Patrol and said he had hit “something” at the location of the hit-and-run accident that killed Weinert. He claimed he did not know what he had struck.
“If the driver had stopped after the accident and called for help, the victim may have had a chance to survive,” commented Robert Joyce, a Tampa personal injury attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who was not involved with the case. “Instead, the driver is now facing a felony charge that carries a potentially lengthy prison sentence, and the bicyclist’s family is left dealing with a tragic loss.”
Baker was arrested at his home within hours of calling the authorities and taken to Orient Road Jail. Investigators found that the front of his 2003 Dodge pickup truck was damaged. Baker later admitted to spray-painting the white vehicle.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Baker’s claim that he was unaware of what he struck “defies logic” due to the damage his truck sustained in the collision. Authorities released surveillance video from near the accident location. They also made public an image of Weinert’s bicycle that showed it had a front light but no rear light. The pedals had yellow reflectors.
Weinert had been planning to move his fiancée and two young children to Tampa from Illinois. His family expressed frustration at the driver’s failure to stop after the collision.
Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
View Larger Map
- What to Do After a Car Accident
Car accidents are potentially life-changing events that can do far more the physically cripple victims. Under many circumstances, car accidents also can bankrupt victims when the medical costs greatly exceed any insurance coverage amounts. The following tips should help to ensure maximum payouts when involved in a car accident. Almost everyone has a cellphone that […]
- Uber, Lyft are driving accident fatalities
In large cities, ride-hailing services provide an affordable alternative to taxi cabs, without the hassle of mass public transportation systems. Uber is the king of ride-hailing services, with Lyft a slightly distant second across the nation. Since their sudden rise starting in 2011, a new study suggests they have increased traffic fatalities in large cities […]
- Common signs of nursing home abuse
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is often a very difficult decision that a family has to make. Usually, a family makes this decision because ultimately they believe their loved one will have a better life and be well taken care of. However, in some Florida nursing facilities, families learn that not only […]
- Accident involving pedestrian ends in fatality
On September 14, 2018, a fatal accident involving a Gibsonton woman occurred on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County, Florida. The pedestrian accident occurred near Sabal Industrial Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the woman was walking southbound on the side of U.S. 301 when she was struck in the head by the side mirror […]
- Serious injuries caused by dump truck accident in Hillsborough County, Florida
On August 22, 2018, three children and one adult were seriously injured when a dump truck hit their vehicle head-on. The crash occurred on US 309 in Hillsborough County, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the dump truck driver failed to see stopped traffic in front of him and swerved into the opposite lane […]