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Another Pedestrian is Killed in an Austin Hit and Run Crash

By Peek & Toland on January 24, 2018

The number of drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident in Texas is higher than many people believe. In September, a driver sped off from a wreck scene after leaving a pedestrian dead in Austin.

A report in the American-Statesman noted Richard Stacy Stader, a 37-year-old pedestrian, was killed in a hit and run crash last September near Wells Branch.

A preliminary police investigation noted the pedestrian was crossing north in the 1500 block of Wells Branch Parkway against a traffic signal at about 9:40 p.m.

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Austin hit-and-run accidents are reported

Police said he was struck by a blue 2010 blue Honda Accord traveling west on Wells Branch close to the Interstate 35 southbound service road. According to police reports, the Honda drove off. Stader was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports said police recovered the vehicle but were still seeking the driver. Stader’s death was the 35th traffic fatality of the year in Austin by the end of September.

Leaving the scene of an accident can be treated very seriously in Texas, in particular when a death or a serious injury ensues.

The offense of hit and run is also known as leaving the scene of an accident. It’s a very serious offense if a vehicle crash involves injury, death or even property damage.

The offense is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the degree of damage or injury.

Under Texas Transportation Code § 550.021, failing to remain at an accident scene when a death or a serious injury has been caused is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

If you drive away from an accident scene with an injury, you can spend five years in prison and receive a fine of up to $5,000.

If you leave the scene of an accident with property damage, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if the property damage is worth more than $200. You can serve up to 180 days in jail and be fined up to $2,000.

Even leaving the scene of an accident with only property damage can land you in serious trouble with the law.

You can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if property damage exceeds $200. You can serve up to 180 days in jail and be fined up to $2,000.

An accident involving damage less than $200 can result in you being charged with a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

If you are charged with leaving the scene, please contact our experienced Austin criminal defense lawyers for a free consultation at (512) 474-4445.

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Texas – Round Rock Driver is Charged

By Peek & Toland on January 11, 2018

Leaving the scene of the accident is a serious traffic offense in Texas, even if the wreck involved no injuries.

Last year, Round Rock police charged a driver with leaving the scene of a wreck after his vehicle hit a train at McNeil Road and the Interstate 35 frontage road.

Police said no injuries were caused. Officers received a call about a collision between a Union Pacific train and the car. They searched local hospitals to find the driver who was involved in the collision, reported The Statesman.

Police located a damaged vehicle at the corner of Logan and South Mandell streets in Round Rock, approximately a mile south from the collision.  The driver abandoned his car and was located at Buck Egger Park off South Mays Street.

The consequences of leaving the scene of an accident

Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense

Although no injuries were reported in this case, many drivers are accused of leaving the scenes of accidents involving serious injuries and even deaths.

In August 2017, a woman in her 40s was fatally hit by a pickup in a hit-and-run crash in Fort Worth, according to police.

Officers were called out to the intersection of Euless South Main Street and Trinity Boulevard where they found the woman lying in the street badly injured.

A report in the Star-Telegram stated witnesses told police the woman was struck by a white pickup truck as she attempted to cross the intersection. The truck had a green light and it failed to stop after hitting the woman, according to police.

The Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Texas

Hit and run is also known as leaving the scene of an accident in Texas. It’s a very serious offense when a vehicle crash involves death, injury or even property damage.

The offense ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the degree of damage or injury.

Under Texas Transportation Code § 550.021, failing to stop after an accident that causes death or serious injury is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Fleeing an accident involving injury can result in you spending up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

If you leave the scene of an accident with property damage, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if the property damage is worth more than $200. You can serve up to 180 days in jail and be fined up to $2,000.

An accident involving damage less than $200 can result in a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.

You should never leave the scene of an accident. Investigators can charge you with leaving the scene of a wreck if they can show you were driving the vehicle. They will use evidence such as license plate numbers, traces of paint from the scene, or witness statements.

If you have been charged with this crime, please call our Austin and Round Rock criminal defense lawyers at (512) 474-4445.

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