Getting in an accident is never an enjoyable experience. Causing an accident is arguably far worse as it involves not just physical trauma, but the mental pain involved in knowing you were responsible. This is never an excuse to flee the scene, however. Aside from the obvious ethical issues involved, doing so is against the law and can leave any victims much worse off than if you stayed and called for help.
This past Tuesday, it sounds like a 17-year-old boy came to his senses the day after causing an accident near San Diego State University. The crash he is responsible left a 19-year-old man hospitalized.
It happened at about 11:00 p.m. Monday, October 5th. The victim, who attends SDSU, was crossing the Montezuma Road close to Campanile Drive not far from campus. At the same time, a Toyota 4Runner allegedly went through the intersection striking the man. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old decided to keep driving, leaving witnesses to seek medical attention for the victim. As we said, he was eventually taken to a hospital.
Authorities have reported that the driver turned himself in the next day and was cooperative. He was released from their custody, but police are still charging him with a felony hit-and-run. This will be processed via juvenile court.
We don’t know the name of the driver, but authorities said he was also an SDSU student. At the time of the crash, the driver was apparently on his way home. Authorities have not reported if they believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the hit-and-run.
The accident is yet another reminder that San Diego leads the state in pedestrian accidents and is in the top 10 around the country. This is why it’s essential to always pay attention to where you’re going and keep the name of a qualified attorney handy in case the worst happens.