Former Apopka official Richard Anderson was alleged to be involved in a hit and run crash that led to Michael Falon being seriously injured. This crash took place in Lake County in 2016. Last week, Anderson was sentenced and it caused outrage to Falcons family members. If you have been in injured due to a car accident, call a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer to discuss your options.
Anderson was sentenced to probation in the Lake County hit and run crash. A hit and run sentence has the possibility of carrying a prison sentence even if you are an ex-Apopka official. This “light” sentence as the family would call it, is due to the defense expert saying someone else was in the front seat of his truck and the prosecutor not being able to prove that Anderson was, in fact, the one driving at the time of the crash.
“It doesn’t seem there was any justice at all,” said Renee Falcon, who accompanied her daughters and former husband to the sentencing. Anderson was sentenced to a three-year term of felony probation Anderson pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and the judge withheld adjudication on Anderson’s please which means that he will not show a felony record as long as he completes his probation.
“I wanted to show the community that no matter who a person is, who they may know, how much money they make or what their role in government is, they are not above the law,” Falon’s daughter, Amber Falcon said. Falcon, who sued Anderson for injuries and other damages from the crash, settled the civil action earlier this year. Terms of the agreement were confidential. Prosecutors say that Anderson can apply to have the case expunged 18 months after his sentence.