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Three people are injured following a hit-and-run crash in San Antonio, TX. The crash occurred on Friday, May 13, at around 11:30 p.m.

The Hit-and-Run Crash

On Friday, May 13, around 11:30 p.m., a family of three was traveling westbound on the North West Loop 410 access road in a 2018 Ford Edge. 

According to police, at that same time, the driver of a gray 2007 Ford Mustang was traveling northbound on Fredericksburg Rd. The driver ignored the red light at the intersection and drove straight through. This caused the Mustang to hit the Ford Edge on the driver’s side. The mustang fled the scene of the crash after impact.

The three passengers inside the Ford Edge included the 56-year-old driver and a 14 year-old and 16-year-old passenger. All three family members were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Officers with the San Antonio Police Department were able to locate the driver of the Ford Mustang at their residence. The driver was taken into custody and is being charged with failure to stop and render aid. The driver’s name and age have not been released at this time.

Police are still conducting an investigation into this crash. No other injuries have been reported.

Why Drivers Flee the Scene of the Crash

According to a recent study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Texas has the eighth-highest number of hit-and-run fatalities in the country. In addition, the number of hit-and-run fatalities are at an all-time high across the nation. 

While it can be a no-brainer for most drivers to stop and remain at the scene of a crash, others may have different reactions. Some drivers may blame adrenaline or a simple misunderstanding, but the most common reasons why drivers flee the scene of a crash include:

  • The vehicle being driven was stolen or taken without permission
  • There are illegal drugs or substances in the vehicle
  • The driver was driving an employer-owned vehicle
  • The driver has outstanding warrants
  • The driver is in the country illegally
  • The driver is fearful of a criminal conviction or record
  • The driver is uninsured or lacks the finances to pay for damages
  • The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • The driver has an expired or invalid driver’s license

Although each hit-and-run driver has their own reasons for fleeing the scene, none of them justifies their actions. Drivers who flee the scene of a crash often face a greater penalty than if they had stayed and waited for authorities.

If you are involved in a car accident, check on the other vehicles involved and call the police. Doing so can keep everyone as safe as possible, while also keeping you legally protected.

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your car accident claim.

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Source: KSAT, NEWS4SA

About Christopher Johns

Christopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.

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