A Pennsylvania driver involved in an injury accident is obliged to stop and aid victims. Some panicked drivers abandon an accident and leave behind severely or fatally injured strangers or even friends.
Police in Montgomery County said a young man ran from the scene of a deadly accident. The 21-year-old lost control of a speeding car that slammed into a utility pole. One of two passengers, another 21-year-old male, died instantly.
The second passenger got out of the car with the driver. Witnesses awakened by the crash heard two men talking. A man warned the driver not to run. The driver and the surviving passenger fled on foot.
State troopers later received a call from a Salford Township resident who said an unidentified man knocked on the door. The middle-of-the-night guest asked whether there was a party at the house. Police arrested the man at the home.
The visibly intoxicated defendant admitted he might have been in an accident that killed someone. Beer cans and a whiskey bottle were found near the crash. The driver's blood alcohol level measured above 0.17, more than twice the state limit.
Investigators estimated the driver's vehicle hit speeds of up to 93 mph before hitting the pole. The neighborhood speed limit is 45 mph.
DUI homicide, homicide by vehicle, accident involving death and separate DUI charges were brought against the driver. A district judge set bail at $50,000.
Panic often wins when uncontrollable fear and responsibility conflict, but fright isn't the only reason hit-and-run drivers flee. Fear of arrest, prosecution and punishment are strong especially when a driver knows he has broken the law.
Compensation is available for victims of injury accidents and families of loved ones who die due to driver negligence.
Wrongful death claims
may lead to settlements or jury awards for extraordinary expenses and suffering.
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" Brittany Tressler, Jul. 10, 2013