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Although car accidents happen on a daily basis in every part of the country, perhaps some of the most frustrating ones would be of the hit-and-run variety. Seriously, there is the fact that someone has damage to their car but then it is compounded by the fact that the individual who caused the accident did not take responsibility for it like they should have.
Hit-and-runs are extra frustrating for law enforcement. As John Page points out, “The police make every effort to track down and arrest hit-and-run drivers, but they are not always successful.” Now, if the only thing you sustained was damage to your vehicle in a hit-and-run you probably should actually consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately, the most frustrating hit-and-run accidents are often the most tragic as well. Consider these examples.
On Christmas Eve 2015, a pregnant woman in Chicago was struck and killed by Silvestre Garcia, 22. NBC reports that the impact was so severe to the pregnant pedestrian that it knocked her out of her shoes. Karla Y. Leanos was pronounced dead at the scene and the assailant was ultimately charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a fatality. Now, you would think that this woman's unborn baby would probably also perish as well. Fortunately, the paramedics were able to deliver the baby at the scene even though the woman passed away.
Another hit-and-run involved one of the heirs to the "Red Bull" fortune. According to the Washington Post, he was the perpetrator and not the victim. Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, whose grandfather was one of the co-founders of Red Bull, hit a Thai police officer in Bangkok in his speeding car over five years ago. He has lived a lavish lifestyle since then, including trips to Formula One races, snowboarding jaunts in Japan and trips to Venice. However, the Thai court system issued a bench warrant for his arrest last April and he is now wanted by Interpol since last August.
When Cathy Bernstein set the vehicle emergency system on her new Ford Focus, one can only bet she wasn't expected it to one day rat her out completely. However, when she rear-ended Anna Preston in Port St. Lucie, FL and then quickly sped off that is exactly what happened. According to USA Today, her airbags deployed and she received a car from a 911 dispatcher. She claimed everything was fine, but when police investigated it further they discovered plenty of incriminating evidence to show that she hit Ms. Preston. Needless to say, Bernstein's dishonesty and the efficiency of her vehicle emergency system merited her a couple nights in the St. Lucie County Jail.
What is the moral of the story? Always be a courteous driver. Drive responsibly. If you have been drinking, give someone else the keys. And never hit and run anyone, ever.