Car accidents: Prompt arrest of hit-and-run driver

A 51-year-old man is facing a variety of criminal charges after a hit-and-run accident which left his female passenger seriously injured. According to the Tennessee traffic authorities, the driver rear-ended another vehicle at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a recent Friday night in early August. Instead of doing what is legally required after car accidents, this driver apparently fled the scene.

Instead of stopping at the first accident scene, police say he drove on. Shortly thereafter, he hit a utility pole. His girlfriend suffered severe life-threatening head injuries in the crash. She was transported to a medical center in the area for urgent care.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the driver running away from the scene.  Not very long afterwards, he was found hiding on his own back porch by the Tennessee police. According to the police, blood was found on his clothes and hands, and his clothes were wet from the grass he ran through. He also apparently displayed signs of intoxication as he slurred when speaking and had watery, bloodshot eyes.

The driver was taken back to the accident location, where he inquired about the whereabouts of his lady friend. His conduct has resulted in eight charges against him and bail was set at $115,000. Due to the severity of the injuries suffered by the passenger, a fatal accident investigation team is leading the investigation into the accident.

Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the driver's girlfriend may choose to file a personal injury against the alleged reckless driver. Should she not survive, her legal estate may choose to file a wrongful death claim. Victims of car accidents who successfully establish that driver negligence led to serious injury -- or the death of a loved one -- may be entitled to a monetary judgment for documented financial damages.

Source:, "Tennessee hit-and-run suspect leaves critically injured girlfriend after crashing twice", Aug. 7, 2016

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