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Two Suspects Flee Crash Scene in Jackson, Tennessee (TN)


March 26, 2020

JACKSON, TN- Wbbjtv.com writes that two men were apprehended in connection to a hit-and-run crash this week in Jackson, Tennessee. The crash occurred in the early afternoon at a Kroger located at the intersection of North Highland and East University Parkway. The suspects were in a car that collided with a pickup truck. Following the impact, both men exited the car and fled on foot.*

Police officers were able to locate both suspects and take them into custody. Following the crash, the police stated that witnesses are important when it comes to hit-and-run crashes. Officers told people to take photos and get license plate information and then contact the police. 

When it comes to hit-and-run crashes, getting a profile of the drivers involved is somewhat challenging. The AAA writes that only around half of all hit-and-run motorists in the country are ever caught. Based on the available information, the AAA’s study on hit-and-runs found that the drivers involved are likely to be young men with previous convictions for driving under the influence and suspended driver’s licenses. The chances of a driver who flees the scene being drunk at the time are about two to nine times as high in a hit-and-run crash as in a collision where all involved motorists remain at the scene. 

Preventing these crashes and encouraging motorists to stay at the scene after a traffic accident is challenging. The AAA states that the penalties for fleeing the scene vary based on the state. Some states have recently increased the penalties in an attempt to combat hit-and-run crashes. However, studies indicate that harsher penalties are not working and that the states with higher penalties do not see a reduction in fatal hit-and-run collisions. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.wbbjtv.com/2020/03/20/two-men-flee-from-accident-in-jackson/

https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf

Category: Accident News

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