The Gainesville Bicycle Accident and Injury Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Straile, PLLC, and the members of our community, are pulling for the swift recovery of Ali Lauren Brody, who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a drunk driver. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as Brody, a UF student, and also a bike-delivery employee for Jimmy Johns, was riding her bicycle along West University Avenue near the 1400 block.
Authorities say that the driver of a 2003 Honda Element, identified as 21-year-old Kirtley Stephen Davis, of 2777 Archer Road, unit X115, swerved twice prior to striking Brody with his vehicle. Appallingly, Davis callously and unlawfully attempted to flee the scene of the accident, rather than stop his vehicle to check on the bicyclist he had struck. Police say Davis continued to drive south on SW 13th Street, where he then collided with the rear-end of a vehicle that was stopped for a light at the intersection of Museum Road.
Brody was transported to UF Health Shands to receive treatment for her potentially catastrophic injuries. According to friends of Brody, many feel that the initial police report, which stated that the victim sustained minor / non-life threatening injuries, was not an accurate description of the actual extent of her injuries. Friends say that Brody’s suffered a skull fracture, a compression fracture in her spine, broken ribs and bruising. As injury attorneys, we find these types of injuries, particularly those involving head trauma, to be anything but ‘minor.’
Fortunately, officers of the UF Police Department were able to detain Davis, following the second collision at Museum Road. Police say that Davis’ blood alcohol content level registered at .308 and .313, which is nearly four times over Florida’s legal limit of .08. Davis was charged with several offenses, including felony charges for driving under the influence (DUI) and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injuries, as well as a misdemeanor traffic offense for DUI-related damage to property.
Davis was booked into Alachua County Jail, where his bond was set at $85,000 for the felony charges, and $10,000 for the misdemeanor offense. According to Inmate records for Alachua County Jail, Davis had not posted the $95,000 bond, and still remained in custody and awaiting sentencing, as of April 19th, more than a week following the incident.
The Law Office of Alba & Straile, PLLC send our well-wishes to Ali Brody, as she recuperates from her injuries. As Bicycle Accident Attorneys, we understand that with injuries of this magnitude, the victim may be facing a long and difficult road to recovery. Friends of Brody have set up a victim donations page to assist the victim with her $7,500 in living expenses as she recovers.
We do hope that victims of incidents like this one, also consider the importance of discussing the matter with an attorney experienced in handling the personal injury of a bicyclist caused as a result of a hit-and-run crash involving a drunk driver. The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Straile, PLLC have decades of practice experience, and remain dedicated to seeking the compensation deserved on behalf of all our clients. Let us—Help you!