Driver Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run Involving Alcohol
Montgomery County Police recently arrested a woman who allegedly caused a car accident that killed a Washington man, and then fled the scene.
Per reports, officers responded to the initial accident in Silver Spring at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4. The preliminary investigation revealed the 49-year-old victim was attempting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle, which then immediately left the scene. Officers were able to locate witnesses, who provided a description of the car.
Law enforcement officers located the vehicle later that day, arresting the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. The victim later passed away from his injuries while at a nearby hospital.
Motorists must remain at the scene of a crash
All drivers must yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing in crosswalks. Additionally, should an accident occur, all parties need to remain at the scene to provide assistance and wait for police to arrive. Leaving the scene of an accident causing an injury or death is a serious crime that may result in large fines and jail time.
Finally, any person who is drunk behind the wheel when causing an accident is essentially considered “automatically liable.” Injury victims in these cases typically find it easy to prove fault, as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a highly negligent activity that endangers the safety of everyone on Maryland’s roads and highways.
For more information on the legal options available to you if another person’s negligence has resulted in serious injuries to you or a loved one, speak with a knowledgeable La Plata personal injury lawyer at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.