Putnam Woman Accused Of Leaving The Scene Of An Accident
New York has laws that require for people involved in a traffic accident to stop and share their insurance and license information with the other parties involved. New York law provides for serious penalties for those that do not stop and share information. If there is just property damage involved, it is considered a traffic violation and a citation will be issued. The fine is up to $250 and/or up to 15 days in jail. Leaving the scene of an accident with minor injuries is a misdemeanor. If there are serious injuries, leaving the scene of an accident is a class E felony. Leaving the scene of an accident involving death is a class D felony. Felonies are punishable by higher fines and prison time.
The Yorktown-Somers Patch reports that a Putnam woman is accused of leaving the scene of an accident.
28-year-old Erin Caitlin White is accused of leaving the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian.
At around 6 p.m. on Thursday, a police officer was dispatched to Lexington Avenue, where a pedestrian had been run over by a vehicle. The pedestrian suffered from injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening and was taken to Westchester Medical Center.
As police conducted their investigation, White returned to the scene of the accident. Police reported that White had been the one to hit the pedestrian and left the scene before police arrived.
She was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, a misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in Yorktown Justice Court on January 23rd.