Shands Hospital has confirmed that 20 year old University of Florida student Rebecca Harris has died from injuries she suffered after she was struck in a hit-and-run accident on June 23rd. Harris, from Seminole County, had been in critical condition since she was struck by a white sedan while crossing Southwest 16th Avenue in Gainesville. The suspected driver of the car that hit Harris, 22 year old Jessica Paige Becerra turned herself in to police six days after the accident. State Attorney Bill Cervone says Becerra will now face the upgraded charge of leaving the scene of an accident where a death was involved.
The co-responder team is comprised of one law enforcement officer, who ensures safety at the scene, and a mental health clinician, who can immediately intervene with whomever needs attention or counseling.