Leaving the scene of an accident, also called a hit and run, is against the law. Even so, many people choose to run from the scenes of car accidents out of fear of the consequences. In a recent case, a Georgia woman was sentenced to four months in jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to the charge she faced due to her involvement in a 2010 hit-and-run accident.
The details of the 2010 accident remained unknown for over a year until authorities received an anonymous tip pointing to the Georgia woman. Up to that point, the authorities had little information. Car parts that were discovered around the man's body belonged to a Pontiac G6, which was later discovered to be the same make and model as the vehicle the woman was driving at the time.
In an interview, the woman claimed that she was on her way to a family member's house when a vehicle that was in front of her swerved to the left. Suddenly, she realized that a man's body was lying in the road, but she could not, and did not, stop. The woman also stated that she was scared and admitted that she made a mistake. After entering her plea and being handcuffed, she asked the judge to be lenient.
Car accidents can wreak havoc, especially when someone has been killed. Even though the woman is behind bars, the family of the deceased man can still choose to file a wrongful death claim against her in a Georgia civil court. The family members may seek reimbursement for end-of-life expenses and damages for emotional suffering. While this will not bring the man back, financial compensation awarded for a wrongful death claim can help ease the transition into life after the loss of loved one.
Source: macon.com, "Woman pleads guilty in 2010 hit-and-run death, gets months in detention center", Amy Leigh Womack, Nov. 10, 2014