A 44-year-old Tennessee woman, who allegedly ran through a stop sign and hit a man as he rode his bike, was taken into custody for unrelated crimes. The woman faced charges of failing to comply with the financial responsibility law and driving on a revoked license. The victim of the car accident, along with a witness, told law enforcement officers that after the woman hit him, she drove away from the scene in her silver minivan and failed to stop to check on his condition.
The witness found the vehicle at a different location. When he saw the woman, who was inside the parked vehicle, he motioned that he wanted to speak with her. He questioned her regarding the hit-and-run accident, but she denied her involvement. The authorities later read the woman her Miranda rights, but she again disavowed any involvement in the accident. She stated only that she went to do laundry and then drove to the possible accident location.
The authorities checked her driver's license and allegedly found that it had been revoked because of a previous charge of drinking and driving. A background check also showed that she was previously arrested for the same offense. In addition, she was arrested twice for driving on a revoked license - in March 2012 and in Feb. 2013.
After a hit-and-run accident, or any accident in which someone suffered injuries, the person responsible for the accident may face criminal charges. However, they could also be charged civilly and ordered to pay the financial costs that were related to their involvement in the accident. A personal injury attorney might be able to help victims hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions by pursuing a civil lawsuit.
Source: Johnson City Press, "Possible hit and run incident leads to Elizabethton woman’s arrest", May 21, 2013