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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2013 9:45:01 AM

Last evening, my friend, told me his two month old car had been side-swiped by a hit-and-run driver. The damage was extensive running the entire length of the vehicle on the driver's side. It was parked on the street as his home was being repaired. When he called the police, they said their was nothing they could do except file an accident report. He felt more should be done and found paint chips from the other vehicle which led him to a neighbor's car. Another call to the police resulted in the perpetrator admitting that he was texting while driving and hit my friend's vehicle. It is my personal feeling he never would have admitted his driving error, if my friend hadn't been smart.

He was charged with the "accident", but should he have also received an additional charge of "Hit And Run"?
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 7:45:43 PM

Yes
toms1120
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 10:34:02 AM

Yes
TAP56
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2013 9:18:21 AM

Yes.
eB40
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 9:43:41 PM

Certainly should be.
2Tall
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2013 7:53:15 AM

yes
contiki
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 7:40:22 AM

Definitely
14smoke
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 6:51:27 PM

Here in Alabama the offending driver likely would have been charged with both hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident.
toms1120
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 6:37:43 PM

Definitely
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2013 10:14:12 AM

Good Morning mnrick041,

Yes, I do remember your hit and run accident. You said something rather profound, "I would have liked to see the other driver get caught, lose his license and have to pay for the cost of repairing my car." The victim is the one who loses financially as deductibles do apply and additional expenses, plus lost time on the telephone, endless paperwork, etc. Depending on the body shop, your vehicle is never quite as it was. I suppose, to some, it is human nature to focus on a defect such as a run in the paint, a mismatch between colors, a misaligned panel (e.g. door, hood, fender, etc.)

I hope things are better for you now, mnrick041 :-). There will always be that memory, however.

Take Care :-). MGY
Nellyroo2013
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 9:12:58 PM

Yes
cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 7:51:38 PM

yes
2Tall
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 4:42:59 PM

yes
eB40
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 9:30:25 AM

yes
Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 9:29:37 AM

Yes that person should be charged. Each state I believe has this law on the books. The only problem is trying to find the guilty party.
russells350
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 7:50:38 AM

yes
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 7:42:49 AM

They most certainly should be charged especially if there were injuries involved.
cujo1977
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 6:26:09 AM

yes
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 6:13:29 AM

Absolutely!
mnrick041
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 5:47:16 AM

Yes, If you leave the scene of a accident you should be charged with hit and run.

Perhaps the laws vary from State to State but here in MN I do not think you can get charged for a "accident" but you can get a ticket for violations that led to the accident such as speeding, reckless driving or whatever you were doing immediately prior to the crash.

As you know, Titanic1985, I got hit and runned last summer with over $9000 in damage to a car that was about 6 months old at the time. It was in a large city on a busy street and the police never got the other guy. With no other motorist to go after I had to pay all the out of pocket costs on my deductible and portion of the rental car expenses which came to over $1000 out of my pocket.

I would have liked to see the other driver get caught, lose his license and have to pay for the cost of repairing my car.
sagnat
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 3:55:29 AM

Besides being charged with the accident the other driver should be charged with leaving the scene. Why, because they did.
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 3:19:21 AM

Yes you would get charged for that
dracer377m
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 2:45:44 AM

Of course and they should take your license away too.
pacecar68
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 2:33:39 AM

yes. it's against the law. so yes, you drive off you get cited/arrested...
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 2:08:51 AM

Yes
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Yes
eB40
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Yes
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Yes
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Yes
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 2:48:50 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 2:27:22 AM

Yes
eB40
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2013 7:39:59 PM

Of course.
toms1120
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Yes
2Tall
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 12:26:00 AM

yes
Mopar4me
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 6:09:45 PM

Duh, yes.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 5:34:14 PM

yep
dandeeman
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 5:27:15 PM

OF COURSE!
reb4
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 2:02:01 PM

Glad to hear the got the guy... Hard to believe that any state would restrict hit and run to only personal injury...

Many (many) years ago I left the scene to try to get the license plate of someone that hit me and when I returned to the scene and called the police (from phone booth, since this was before cell phones) was told I could have been charged for leaving the scene of an accident. The officer did not charge me and I got no ticket.

Likely wanted to put the fear in me since I was a brand new driver...



[Edited by: reb4 at 7/2/2013 2:05:18 PM EST]
eB40
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:54:09 AM

Yes
weddy11
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 9:52:59 AM

Yes,

[Edited by: weddy11 at 7/2/2013 9:55:03 AM EST]
lwood655
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 8:52:15 AM

yes
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yes
russells350
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 8:13:04 AM

yes
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 11:53:43 AM

Hello WilliamClouse,

You asked, "I thought they already did get charged."

In my Topic, I stated, "He was charged with the "accident", but should he have also received an additional charge of "Hit And Run"?" I should have been clearer in my posting as I thought this suggested he was not charged with "Hit and Run" or leaving the scene of the accident. He only admitted guilt after my friend located his vehicle and called 911 a second time.

I'm sorry I wasn't clearer on that point.

Thanks :-). MGY
kellyoneal
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 11:30:29 AM

yes
WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:42:40 AM

I thought they already did get charged.
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:33:10 AM

Good Morning dieharder,

You wrote, "Since you're from South Carolina, you need to read up on what conststutes Hit and Run there."

SECTION 56-5-1210.

This accident would not apply, from what I read."

I had read that SECTION and had the same questions. I've not been able to find anything thus far that states "hit & run" applies to property damage in South Carolina, only personal injury. I'm no "Legal-Eagle" so I'll try to find out from an LEO (Law Enforcement Officer). It would make sense though, wouldn't it?

Take care :-). MGY
pacecar68
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2013 6:31:56 PM

yes.
dandeeman
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2013 5:06:59 PM

DUH YEAH!!
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yes
davisadm
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2013 12:27:03 PM

A no-brainer, yes. I suspect the neighbor new someone higher up in the police dept.
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