On Tuesday evening, a hit-and-run accident forced the closure of the southbound lanes of I-17 near the 101 for hours and left one woman seriously injured.
Investigators report when a woman’s vehicle broke down in the HOV lane, she stood in front of it while waiting for assistance. Highway safety officials state in the event of a break-down on the freeway, to prevent injury, do not stand anywhere on the freeway.
DPS officers reported that while the woman was standing in front of her disabled car, a pickup truck rear-ended the car, which sent the disabled car hurling into its driver. The two occupants of the truck fled the scene of the accident on foot. Witnesses of the crash, followed the two suspects, and alerted police to their whereabouts, and the two were arrested by police a few minutes later. One of the suspects received a broken arm in the collision.
The driver of the disabled car was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Both occupants of the pickup truck are in police custody and face a lengthy list of charges, many of which would be felonies.
DPS Officer Carrick Cook, who declined to identify the suspects, stated that investigators have not ruled out alcohol or drug impairment as the cause of the crash and concluded that the accident is still under investigation.
The law on hit-and-run accidents in the state of Arizona is:
- The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident as possible and remain at the scene until otherwise directed by law enforcement personnel.
Failure to do so results in serious penalties, which can range from Class 2 to Class 6 felonies. Any sentence imposed will run consecutively to any other sentence imposed for any other convictions where other charges are related to the accident.
When charged with fleeing the scene of an accident while under the influence of alcohol, contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney to discuss the defense options available in your case.