When a driver accidentally crashes into another motorist, everyone involved in the accident has an obligation to remain at the scene until authorities arrive. If a person leaves the scene of an accident, then he or she will face criminal charges, which can be especially severe if the accident results in a fatality.
Readers in Wisconsin will be interested to know that charges were filed against two people in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred early this month. Surveillance video shows that a young man was driving a motorcycle at a high rate of speed on a street in Milwaukee when a Cadillac Seville pulled out in front of him.
The video also suggests that the motorcyclist applied his breaks but ended up sliding into the car. The driver of the larger vehicle fled the scene, and the motorcyclist later died at the hospital.
After following tips and reviewing the surveillance footage, officers searched for the vehicle and located it. The 23-year-old male driver did not have a valid driver's license and was charged with one count of hit-and-run resulting in death. His 24-year-old girlfriend, to whom the Cadillac belongs, was charged with harboring or aiding a felon. She was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but both suspects allegedly took steps to conceal evidence after the crash.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a serious offense, and a negligent driver could serve time in prison as a result. In cases such as this one, the victim's family should be made fully aware of all their legal rights and options. There may be compensation available for lost wages, funeral expenses, medical costs and loss of companionship.
Source: fox6now.com, "Two charged in connection with fatal hit-and-run crash," Katie DeLong, Sept. 10, 2012