Hit-and-run accidents are the result of one party causing injury to another person and then leaving the scene before producing the proper driver documentation. Hit-and-run accident charges can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the seriousness of the accident.
Ontario Police are seeking information regarding a hit-and-run driver who hit a 9-year old girl the other afternoon.
The girl suffered a broken arm and facial cuts. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.
The motorist is believed to be a Hispanic woman in her 30s with black hair. She was driving a champagne-colored Toyota Corolla.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001(a) states, “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle and remain at the scene of the accident”. In addition, you should provide reasonable assistance to the injured parties or call for help.
If you fail to meet these requirements and flee the scene of the accident, you can be charged with a felony hit-and-run. Being charged with a California felony hit-and-run is a much more serious crime and if convicted, if can have severe ramifications both now and in the future.
Depending on the severity of the injuries, the number of injured people, and your criminal history, you can face long prison sentences and even a conviction of vehicular manslaughter.
However, penalties for a misdemeanor hit-and-run, if you are convicted, include:
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Up to 3 years of probation
- Up to six months in county jail
- 2 points on your driving record
- Restitution to the victim for property damage
I wish this young girl a speedy and complete recovery.
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