Hit and Run After Accident Involving Death

Leaving the scene of an accident where a death results is the most serious of all of the hit and run charges. It is a Class 3 Felony Offense with a possible penalty of four (4) years to twelve (12) years in prison. This charge is also subject to automatic revocation of a driver’s privilege to drive.

The reporting requirements of a driver in an accident involving death are identical to the reporting requirements of a driver in an accident involving injury or serious bodily injury. A driver is required to immediately stop his/her vehicle at the scene or as close to the scene as possible. If a driver stops as close to the scene as possible, he/she is required to immediately return to the scene and remain at the scene.

The driver is further required to give his/her name, registration, address, and present his/her driver’s license to the person struck, occupant of the vehicle collided with, or person attending to any vehicle collided with.

First-aid requirements also apply in that the driver is required to give assistance to any person injured. The assistance includes transporting/carrying the injured person to a hospital, physician, or surgeon, or making arrangements for the carrying of the person to a hospital, physician, or surgeon if medical treatment appears necessary or if the injured person requests it.

A driver is also required to immediately notify the police of the accident. Failure to notify the police of the accident is a separate hit and run charge.

If you or a loved one has been charged with hit and run resulting in death, contact Attorney Monte Robbins for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148 or 970-301-5541.