Being the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident with a pedestrian can certainly be a frightening experience. Unfortunately, these accidents do happen, and the best thing a driver can do is stay at the scene. However, fear of the consequences associated with a pedestrian accident often leads people to flee the scene before help arrives. This decision to leave generally places these individuals in a far worse situation with more severe consequences, including felony charges, under South Carolina laws.
A recent late night accident in Columbia resulted in the death of a pedestrian. A 31-year-old female was hit by a vehicle and transported to a local hospital for treatment. She was pronounced dead about an hour after the incident.
While this investigation has yet to be closed, a description of the vehicle involved has been released to the public. It is only a matter of time before the driver is found and charged. Charges in this case could include manslaughter or failing to render aid.
A pedestrian accident is a serious matter, and failing to stay at the scene of such an accident only creates larger problems for the driver responsible. South Carolina residents who have been involved in a hit-and-run accident and who have left the scene due to fear or other reasons do have the right to defend their actions in a court of law and fight any felony charges brought up against them. Seeking assistance with the matter may also be helpful in reducing some of the negative consequences associated with event.
Source: wltx.com, "Victim of Fatal Hit & Run Identified", Tony Santaella, April 14, 2014