Pedestrian Sustained Severe Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash in Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C.- Wral.com writes that a pedestrian is recovering from severe injuries that he sustained in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash late last week. The incident took place late at night at the intersection of Riddle Road and South Briggs Avenue. The driver who struck the victim left the scene leaving the injured man on the street.*
The police still do not know the make and model of the vehicle involved. Law enforcement officials are seeking anyone with information about the crash or the suspect involved.
Hit-and-run crashes are increasingly common around the country. Fatal pedestrian crashes are also on the rise. These accidents often leave the victims with no assistance or way to get help, especially if the victim is a pedestrian and there are no witnesses. In these cases, another problem exists because police are often unable to find the responsible driver.
When police investigate a hit-and-run accident, one of their best sources of evidence is witnesses to the accident. When the victim is a pedestrian, the vehicle involved may not have sustained much damage. The result can be that there is little physical evidence of the vehicle at the scene of the accident. In these cases, witnesses are crucial in finding the suspect.
In addition to those who witness the actual accident, police will often ask those in the area if they saw a vehicle fleeing the area, speeding or driving erratically around the time of the crash. In some instances, the vehicle may have been caught on a surveillance camera. Police also use social media to report facts about the accident and to see if anyone has information about the driver or vehicle involved. A hit-and-run driver who is caught will face criminal charges and could face a civil lawsuit as well.
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