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Driver in hit-and-run accident identified, arrested


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 06, 2012 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many people read about car accidents in the news and assume that it could never happen to them. Others may think that if they are in an accident, it may only result in a few bumps and bruises, or a quick checkup in the hospital. The reality is that there are negligent drivers all over Connecticut who end up causing serious car accidents. Even worse, too many of these drivers then flee the scene without getting help for their victims.

In the tragic aftermath of a fatal car accident, families of the victims have every right to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions; or in the case of a hit-and-run accident, their inaction.

Leaving an accident scene before police or medical help can arrive is an extremely selfish and negligent decision. Often, the drivers who run from an accident do so because they are already in violation of other laws. Some of them are drunk or they do not have a valid driver's license. Others simply know that they were driving recklessly and do not want to be held responsible for causing an accident. This decision can be the difference between life and death for the victims.

Recently, a young man was identified as having been the driver in a fatal car accident. After the crash, he and two other passengers fled from the scene, leaving a third passenger injured in the back seat. By the time someone else reported the accident and police responded to the crash, the victim had died from his injuries. If the driver had reported the crash himself and stayed with the victim until help could arrive, it may have had a difference on the devastating situation.

However, the 22-year-old driver fled the scene, likely hoping to escape responsibility for the crash. After an investigation, however, police were able to identify him and track him down. He is now facing criminal charges related to driving with a suspended license, speeding, driving an unregistered car, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of the accident and negligent homicide. It is unknown at this time if the victim's family will pursue civil charges against the driver as well.

Source: WTNH, "Man flees from fatal crash, arrest made," Nov. 30, 2012