Even a minor fender bender can be a frightening experience for all involved. Sometimes, individuals who are involved may react by leaving the scene because they are scared, confused, or feeling guilty. This is especially the case for a driver who may not have a valid driver’s license, was intoxicated, or may have been driving recklessly just before the accident. Most states have laws stating that all persons involved in a car accident resulting in property damage must stop and exchange information. Failing to do so is usually either a traffic citation or a misdemeanor. However, leaving the scene involving injuries or death can be a felony.
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The New York Daily News reports that a wrong way driver in New York plowed into a vehicle as they were fleeing a fender bender, leaving multiple people injured.
The incident occurred on September 5th on Sutter Avenue in Brownsville.
According to police, a driver who was driving a Chevrolet Impala the wrong way was fleeing the scene of another crash when he slammed into a Nissan Altima at the intersection of Chester Street.
The force of the impact sent the Altima flying about 100 feet before it rammed into a row of parked cars. The Impala overturned and burst into flames.
The driver of the Impala stumbled from his vehicle and fled on foot. The victims in the Nissan, who were trapped, were left to fend for themselves in the accident. Four of the five occupants in the Altima were able to get out of the vehicle on their own.
The fifth victim had to be extricated from the vehicle with a large saw. Medics transported all five victims to a hospital, three of whom were in critical condition.
The driver of the Impala still has not been caught.