On Saturday evening, in College Station, Texas, a 19-year-old man struck a sedan with his truck. After watching the sedan hit another vehicle, he drove away from the scene.  

The Hit-and-Run Accident

In College Station, Texas, at around 6:30 p.m., on July 23, a 19-year-old man was driving a Toyota Sequoia northbound on the 11600 block of FM 2154, also known as Wellborn Road. 

The driver of the Toyota made an unsafe lane change and struck a Buick Sedan. The female driving the sedan lost control of the vehicle and hit the center median. The sedan continued, crossed three lanes of traffic, and struck a black Ford pickup truck sitting at a stop sign on Waxing Lane. 

After watching the Buick crash into the Ford, the driver of the Toyota ran from the scene but was followed by a witness to a baseball field in Bryan, Texas. 

Police found the hit-and-run driver at the baseball game and arrested him. The driver admitted he caused the accident, failed to call for help, and should have stopped. He was charged with Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury, a third-degree felony, and Fail to Stop, Give Information, or Assistance, a Class B misdemeanor.

The College Station police and fire department responded to the scene of the accident and found the female unconscious with several injuries. The fire department took her to a nearby hospital, where she is in stable condition in the ICU. The Ford pickup was carrying three people who were treated on the scene for their injuries. 

Reasons Drivers Run From Hit-And-Run Accidents

Drivers may run after causing an accident for many reasons; they might not have realized they hit another vehicle, or they panic and flee. Sometimes, drivers may have more significant excuses for running from the scene.

  • The driver doesn’t have insurance.
  • The driver isn’t licensed.
  • The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • The driver is transporting illegal drugs.
  • The driver has an outstanding warrant.
  • The driver is scared of punishment.
  • The driver is driving a stolen vehicle.

It is illegal to run from an accident, even if the driver has an excuse. Staying at the scene could mean the difference between life and death for the victims.

If you’ve been involved in a crash, take care of your own safety first. If you’re injured, call for help and try not to move if possible. Stay in your car until you’re absolutely sure no traffic is passing. Your car is your best protection from further injuries.

If you can, lend aid to others who were involved in the crash, but don’t try to move any injured people unless they’re in the way of traffic. If you can’t call the police yourself, as a bystander to call for you.

If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, reach out to the office of Lapeze & Johns for help seeking compensation.

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Source: KBTX

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.