On Sunday May 19, 2013, a police officer died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred 3:30 AM when the officer was conducting a DUI stop on a vehicle. During which, another vehicle struck him and then fled the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The police officer was only 29 when he died. He leaves behind a wife and a young daughter. The police officer was also a firefighter and Iraq war veteran. Officials were able to locate the vehicle that struck the police officer late Sunday afternoon. They are currently working to identify the driver.
Shocking Statistics about Hit-and-run Collisions
According to Wikipedia.org, a hit-and-run is the act of causing or contributing to a traffic accident and then failing to stop and remain at the scene and identify yourself. In most jurisdictions, a hit-and-run is considered a crime. Sadly, hit-and-run accidents are more common than you think. Read the following statistics to understand the common occurrence of hit-and-run accidents:
- 45% of 3,000 motorists interviewed said they had their parked car damaged
- Only 15% of the 45% said they were lucky enough to be left the details from the party at fault
- One out of every 5 pedestrians killed on the road die from hit-and-run accidents
- Over 100,000 people are injured by hit-and-run drivers this year
- Approximately 1,400 people are killed by hit-and-run drivers this year
- About 4 people will be killed today by a hit-and-run driver
- 18 percent of hit and run fatalities are pedestrians
If you flee after causing an accident that injures or kills someone, you can be charged with committing a felony. You may face imprisonment and suspension of your license.
Personal Injury Attorney
If you were recently injured in a hit-and-run accident you should contact a personal injury attorney today at the law offices of AndrewWright. Our personal injury attorneys will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by a hit-and-run driver.