Atlanta, Ga. – Police with the Atlanta Police Department are on the search for a female driver who has been accused of hitting a young child with her car and driving away.
Earlier today, during rush hour, officers received a call around 5:00 PM. They were called to Delmar Lane after a black Mercedes allegedly left the scene. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital. Fortunately, she is recovering and is not facing any life-threatening injuries or wounds.
According to reports, the driver left the scene after she was confronted by two witnesses. Crime Stoppers ATL is offering a reward for anyone who has more information on the incident.
Hit and run is a very serious traffic violation. In fact, it's right up there with charges like DUI in Atlanta or serious injury by vehicle. In today's post, as an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will explain how a driver can be charged with hit and run.
Hit and Run
O.C.G.A. §40-6-270 defines hit and run as:
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:
(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;
(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;
(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and
(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance. The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
(b) If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
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