by Possible Orlando Police Car
Orlando Cyclist Sustains Fractured and Dislocated Shoulder in Hit-and-Run Accident that Witnesses Say was with an Orlando Police Car.
Monday’s incident marks the second time in less than two months that a Central Florida law-enforcement officer has been accused of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries ORLANDO – A 37-year-old Orlando dentist, who was thrown from his bicycle at an Orlando intersection about 7:30 a.m. Monday, was injured after being knocked down by what is believed to have been an Orlando police car that failed to stop. Charles Cuprill√ suffered a fractured and dislocated shoulder after being struck by what witnesses described as an Orlando Police Department Ford Crown Victoria, according to police reports. The marked car was turning right from Narcoossee Road onto Dowden Road when it struck Cuprill, who was in the bicycle lane on his way to his Narcoossee Road dental office according to attorney, Luis Gracia, a partner in the Port Orange law firm of Rue & Ziffra. Cuprill collided with the car’s right rear; as he recalled seeing the gas cap before the impact, Gracia said. “The car just continued on after striking Mr. Cuprill,” Gracia said. “The accident is under investigation by Orlando Police who are trying to find any video of the incident. It isn’t known yet whether the driver was even aware that my client had been hit.” The accident is the second time in less than 60 days that a local law-enforcement officer has been accused of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. On March 7, Orange County Deputy Sheriff Carmelo Ortiz, 50, was arrested on charges of leaving an accident with injuries on Red Bug Lake Road near State Road 426. He has since been relieved of his duties, according to police reports. In Florida, leaving the scene of an accident with injury is a third-degree felony that could carry a sentence of up to five years in prison, according to Allan L. Ziffra, president of the personal-injury firm. “When it comes to citizens’ safety, no one is above the law…not even those hired to uphold it,” he said.