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Florida law enforcement sends warnings of dangers of hit and run crashes

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 16:00:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL)--"He killed my mom, I think it was a pretty cowardly act," said Mark Turner.

Mark Turner said he lost his mother more than 20 years ago. She was killed by a drunk driver that slammed into he and his mother's car before the driver took off.

"He hit us and decapitated her and knocked me down the road and by the time I got back to the road he had run off," said Turner.

Hit and run crashes happen all across the state. Tallahassee police reports more than 1400 hit and runs last year. Florida highway patrol, Lieutenant Jeff Frost says its common.

"Some people they're just scared that its worst, leaving in an accident, getting in a crash isn't against the law but leaving the scene is," said Lt. Frost.

But this is where witnesses take on an important role.

Frost says witnesses should always come forward with very descriptive information like license plates numbers, which could help them potentially solve the crime.

fortunately for victims like turner, he says after hiding for hours, the man who killed his mom was captured by police.

"My mom would've forgave him, you know he didn't mean to do it, he was just drunk," said Turner.

Although Turner says he's forgiven the man, he says change is really needed to teach those who commit the crime a lesson.

"I really believe in being responsible, holding people responsible for what they do and unfortunately what he did killed my mom," said Turner.