Hit and Run Kills Pedestrian From Venice

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal hit and run collision Tuesday that claimed the life of a Venice woman.

The accident occurred on U.S. 41 just south of Montgomery Avenue  after 12:00 a.m. as Erika Fortner, 41 of Venice attempted to cross the road. While walking crossing Tamiami Trail Fortner was struck by an oncoming car.

Witnesses described the car as a Maroon hatchback. After colliding with Fortner, the car sped away however a side-view mirror was recovered at the scene.

Fortner was taken to Blake Medical Center were she later died.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact them at 239-938-1800.

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Bernie Walsh

Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.