A 5-year-old girl was abandoned by her father and uncle after a rollover crash in Balcones Heights, TX. The crash occurred on Tuesday, April 5, along Interstate 10.
The Rollover Crash
On the morning of April 5, the father and uncle of a 5-year-old girl were driving her to school in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10. According to authorities, the vehicle crashed in the eastbound lanes near Crossroads Boulevard and rolled over.
It was a single-vehicle wreck and police are still unsure what caused the crash. No other vehicles were damaged by the accident.
Witnesses of the crash saw the father and uncle pull the young girl out of the vehicle and hand her to a bystander. The men asked the bystander to take her to the hospital and then fled the scene.
The 5-year-old girl was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition but police have stated that she sustained head injuries from the accident.
A business owner contacted police after the crash and reported a man outside his business on the 3800 block of Fredericksburg. The business owner stated that the man was in clear distress and had dried blood on his clothes.
Police confirmed that the man was the 5-year-old girl’s father and arrested him. He is being charged with child abandonment, child endangerment, and failure to stop and render aid.
The police also located the uncle later that day at his place of work. He is being charged with failure to stop and render aid.
Police are conducting an investigation into what caused the men to abandon the young girl and flee the scene.
Why Drivers Flee the Scene After a Crash
According to reports done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, on average there are 682,000 hit-and-run accidents each year. Because this number is so high, it’s important to understand what causes a person to flee after a crash.
Some common reasons why a person may flee the scene after a crash include:
- Insufficient/non-existing car insurance
- An expired driver’s license
- A stolen vehicle or one used without permission
- An outstanding warrant for the driver or passenger
- Illegal drugs or goods in the vehicle
- A driver or passenger who is in the country illegally
- A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
While some may let their adrenaline take over after a crash and flee the scene, it’s important that all parties involved in the crash remain at the scene. A person who flees the scene of a crash may face heavy fines, license suspension, and even jail time. If you’re involved in an accident, stay at the scene of the crash until authorities arrive to assess the situation.