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Hit and Run: A Dangerous Crime

Posted on: August 26, 2008 at 9:45 a.m.

Hit and run crimes are quite deadly. People are killed almost daily by hit and run crimes, and those guilty of a hit and run face harsh criminal charges and penalties.

The criminal act of hit and run occurs when a person who is involved in a motor vehicle accident leaves the scene without properly identifying them self.

In recent weeks, the following hit and run crimes have occured all over the country:
Nicholas W. Davenport, 20, of Newburgh, IN was killed when he was struck by a car, apparently while walking to work through Green Springs Valley subdivision off Indiana 261 in Newburgh. The incident happened about 6 a.m.

In Philadelphia, PA a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed by a cab, and his mother is in serious condition.

A Durham man was charged with felony hit and run, as well as driving while impaired after hitting a man with his vehicle. Javier S. Hernandez, struck Jerome Taylor shortly after midnight then attempted to elude arrest and refused when a Durham officer told him to get out of his vehicle. Hernandez is also charged with resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license. His blood alcohol was measured at .15, according warrants issued in the incident.

In Bellflower, CA, a suspected drunken driver was in custody after he allegedly sideswiped a vehicle in Bellflower, fled the scene, and crashed moments later into a second car, injuring its driver.

These are just a few of the examples of how serious a crime this is, and how seriously law enforcement officials treat it.

If a person is convicted hit and run, he/she may be sentenced with:

- imprisonment
- large fines
- community service
- probation
- parole

Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person

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