May 8th, 2013 - by DKRPA
A 50-year-old Florida man is behind bars on felony charges after he drove his truck into the bumper of another vehicle. He immediately sped away from the car accident scene — but the driver of the victimized vehicle followed the 50-year-old until he came to a stop in a parking lot. Once there, the man got out of his car and punched the rear window of the victimized vehicle. Soon thereafter, he got back in his truck and drove away.
The woman driving the struck vehicle had her daughter in the backseat, and both of them suffered minor injuries: the former suffering a back injury, and the latter suffering a neck injury. They were hospitalized as a precaution, but it does not appear the injuries are serious in nature.
Eventually, the police caught up with the 50-year-old Florida man. The woman passed the man’s license plate number along to the authorities, who arrested him for felony hit and run.
As we have written numerous times on this blog, it takes a special kind of negligence for someone to decide to run away from a car accident. Staying at the scene not only makes it far less likely that you will face any criminal charges; but it is also possible for the other driver to assist an injured person after a wreck, thereby increasing the chances that a crash victim survives the ordeal.
Fleeing the scene is not just a cowardly act — it is a decision that could turn an accident victim’s injuries from minor to moderate; from moderate to severe; or from severe to catastrophic.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Man rear ends vehicle in Delray, drives off, punches victim’s car, say police,” Brett Clarkson, May 7, 2013