Charges have been filed in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Chicago car accident that occurred back in November in Humboldt Park. According to the Chicago Tribune, the accident happened in the early morning hours of November 24th when the accused crashed into another car, killing the driver and injuring the young driver’s brother. The driver fled the scene and a warrant has been out for his arrest since mid December, however the driver has recently turned himself in. At this point it is unclear what all charges the hit-and-run driver is facing.
Drivers that panic and flee the scene of an accident can face very severe penalties under Illinois law. Leaving the scene of the accident when the accident involves property damage, damage to a parked car or damage to another vehicle is considered a misdemeanor in Illinois. The person responsible must stop immediately and provide their information (name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle’s name) to the other driver, or in cases where there is not another driver present or the owner of the property cannot be located, the driver responsible must leave a note providing their information. Leaving the scene of a car accident that causes personal injury or kills another person will result in much severe penalties and the driver will face felony charges.
In addition to stopping and providing information in any accident, the driver has a duty to render aid to the injured persons. The person must provide reasonable assistance which is defined by Illinois law as “carrying or providing arrangements for the carrying of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital” to be treated for their injuries when the person clearly needs this help or requests this help. In Illinois, failure to render aid when it is required can result in a misdemeanor charge.
While many people may panic and want to flee the scene when they get into an accident, it is very important to realize the severity of punishments that may result from leaving the scene of any type of accident. While the driver mentioned in the accident above may have faced some charges in connection with the accident had he stayed at the scene, his charges and punishments are likely to be much more severe because he left the scene and never reported the accident or offered aid to the injured victims.
If you were involved in an accident and the responsible driver fled the scene of the accident, please contact our Chicago car accident attorneys today to discuss the possible legal remedies available to you.