As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I covered a story a few weeks ago regarding the death of a pedestrian as well as the serious injury of another pedestrian in Rockdale County after a hit and run accident.
According to authorities in Covington, they arrested a man a two weeks ago for an alleged violation of probation in Georgia. There was no thought that this man was related to the hit and run accident. However, investigators and authorities received tips that the man was also the man who left the scene of the accident resulting in the serious injury and death of pedestrians. The man has allegedly admitted to striking the women and leaving them lying in the street. He couldn't tell detectives how the accident happened. They do believe that he was driving under the influence which could have been a contributing factor as to why he did not remain on scene. After the accident.
In today's post, I will cover the law behind hit and run.
Hit and Run in Georgia
Hit and Run in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-270 as a list of responsibilities.
According to the law… 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.
Furthermore, if such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person having knowingly committed hit and run, 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.
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