On July 2, a tip led Police to a home in Klamath Falls where troopers found a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe that is thought to be the vehicle that killed a man on June 15. Troopers identified the driver as Alizabeth Witheril (20) of Klamath Falls as the driver of the SUV that struck the man. She was placed under arrest for failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons (hit and run) and tampering with physical evidence.
Leaving the accident scene in Oregon is a serious criminal offense in many cases. You can face serious fines, loss of your driver’s license and even jail time if anyone was injured or killed. According to state law, if you are in an accident, you are required to stay at the scene and provide the other driver with insurance and registration information. If you strike a parked car, you must stop and attempt to find the owner. If a person is injured, you must lend them reasonable assistance. This means you should call 911 or help them to get transported to the hospital.
If you leave the scene and there are serious injuries, it is a Class C felony. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines as high as $125,000. If you are involved in a hit and run with property damage only, it is a class A misdemeanor and you can get a one-year stint in jail and a $6250 fine.
Please remember, if you injure someone in a hit and run and you are found, you also face serious civil penalties. The surviving person or their family can file a personal injury case or wrongful death claim. They are entitled to recover damages that can include medical costs, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
The decision to hit and run is never a good one, and anyone involved in an accident in Oregon should always think twice before considering running for it. This is especially true when there is any type of physical injury. The criminal and civil penalties are simply too severe to consider.
Hit and run accidents are felonies when the pedestrian hit is seriously injured or killed. If the driver can be found, The Herron Law Office is experienced in holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions. Please contact our law offices today for a Free Consultation on how to proceed next in a similar situation.
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