Car accidents happen so quickly that it can cause a lot of confusion and even put you in a daze if you suffer head injuries in the accident. When a person is involved in a car accident they are obligated by law to stop the car and check for injuries. Recently, a Nevada man did not do this after his Dodge Durango struck a man in a vehicle on Jeanell Drive in Carson City. He is now charged with felony hit-and-run after he fled the scene.
The accident occurred when the man in the Dodge Durango allegedly pulled out in front of the elderly man. When he collided with the vehicle, the elderly man suffered a fractured rib, a fractured right ankle and whiplash.
The man in the Dodge Durango sped off and that’s when the police were called to the area. They discovered the vehicle parked at an apartment building near the accident and that’s where they found the man. He is now held on felony hit-and-run charge on $40,000 bail at the local jail.
When police officers questioned the man and the passenger in the vehicle, they changed their story several times as to what happened. They first said they fled the scene because they were scared — but this is not a legitimate defense. All drivers are required to stop when a car accident occurs. This is for the safety of all drivers and passengers involved.
The elderly Nevada man will likely seek compensation for the serious injuries sustained in the accident. The allegations against the driver of the Dodge Durango involve a serious felony accusation. Car accidents like these would likely not have carried felony charges if the man would not have fled the scene of the accident. Safety and the well-being of others should be the top priority for all drivers.
Source: carsonnow.org, “Man jailed on felony hit-and-run charge after crash injures elderly driver,” Jeff Munson, Oct. 12, 2014