Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash in Milwaukee Kills One Child, Injures Two
MILWAUKEE, WI- Ncadvertiser.com writes that a child died in Milwaukee late last week in an early evening accident. Three children in total were hit while two survived. The driver who struck the children fled the scene.*
The police say the children were ten, six, and four years old. Two vehicles appear to have been involved in the incident. It is not clear whether the two vehicles struck the victims, but the drivers of both left the scene of the crash.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that more than one hit-and-run crash takes place every 60 seconds in the United States. Between 2009 and 2016, the number of hit-and-run accidents in the United States increased by 60 percent. An average of 682,000 hit-and-run accidents happen every year. The majority of those killed in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians and cyclists, who account for 65 percent of these deaths.
When a driver is involved in an accident, they are legally obligated to remain at the scene of that crash. This is true even when the accident is not that person’s fault. Leaving a crash scene is illegal, even for a driver who did not cause the accident.
Drivers who flee the scene of a traffic accident will face heightened penalties and potentially jail time. The penalties for drivers who are involved in severe hit-and-runs that cause death or injuries can face decades of imprisonment.
It is every driver’s responsibility to remain at the scene after an accident. If someone is hurt, the driver might be the only person there to render aid or call the police. It is both a moral and legal obligation of any driver in a collision to stay at the scene.
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