Lower Merion police have arrested a 75-year-old woman who they believe caused a hit-and-run auto accident in Philadelphia that injured a 13-year-old area boy. According to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the woman, when confronted by authorities, said she thought she had struck a deer. But she had actually hit the teenager who was riding his bike west on Gulph Road near Morris Road. He was apparently not wearing a helmet.
The high-profile case generated a number of tips and culminated in the woman’s arrest. She is likely to be charged with causing an accident involving death or personal injury, which is a third-degree felony and failure to render aid, which is a summary offense.
Regarding hit-and-run accidents, Pennsylvania law (Chapter 37, Section 3742) states: “The driver of any vehicle involved in a PA bicycle accident resulting in injury or death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident.” Even if you don’t have auto insurance or are underinsured, you still must fulfill your responsibility and the obligation to stop if you’ve been involved in an accident. The consequences, as are demonstrated in the above incident, are far too great for all parties involved if anyone in a car accident flees the scene.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving a negligent driver, whether it was a hit-and-run accident or not, please contact Anapol Weiss for a free evaluation of your personal injury claim. Our Pennsylvania experienced auto accident attorneys have an excellent track record of securing fair compensation for our injured clients. We are also well-versed in handling cases that involve uninsured or underinsured motorists and other complex insurance issues. Call us today for a free and comprehensive consultation.