A maintenance worker in Cobb County was almost hit by a driver after the driver reportedly rammed into a vehicle inside an apartment complex. The driver, Quonshae Smith, allegedly tried to purposefully hit the maintenance worker as he tried to help the driver of the other vehicle.
Smith then reportedly took off all of her clothes and sped from the scene naked. She then rear-ended yet another vehicle, according to reports, and crashed into a parking lot of a nearby church. The police were then called.
Smith is facing charges of aggravated assault, public indecency, hit and run, and reckless driving in Georgia. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will focus on one of the charges faced by Smith in today's post.
Hit and Run in Georgia
Hit and Run in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law as violating any of the following requirements listed out in O.C.G.A. §40-6-270.
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:
(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;
(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;
(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and
(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance. The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
(b) If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
Not only will you be convicted of a felony but you will also face at least a four month driver's license suspension. Furthermore, if you have prior offenses or are convicted of an offense that carries its own suspension, along with the Hit and Run, you may be facing a "hard suspension" of your license. A hard suspension means you will have no license or permit.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.