A local man is accused of hitting a 17-year-old boy with his car, and then leaving the scene. The boy was walking home from CiCi’s Pizza in Ayers, where he works. The cause of the car accident was not disclosed. The driver is being held in jail. His bail was set at $1 million.
The teenager has been on life support in the Intensive Care Unit since the collision occurred. His mother reported that he seems to respond to the sound of her voice and is making progress.
Texas law requires any person who is involved in an automobile accident to stop at the scene and provide identifying information. If necessary, drivers must also render aid to any person who requires it as a result of the accident. When an accident results in serious bodily injury to any person, the failure to stop and assist is a felony of the third degree. A person who is convicted of leaving the scene without stopping following a serious injury may be subject to fines of up to $5,000, up to five years of imprisonment or both.
A person who injures another through careless driving may be liable to the injured party for damages. Typically, a person who is injured in an accident may be entitled to medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. When a person spends several weeks in intensive care, these damages may be considerable. Any person who has been injured due to the negligent driving of another individual may benefit from speaking to a licensed attorney about assistance in negotiating a settlement.
Source: KRISTV, “Hit And Run Driver Will Appear In Court,” Robert Gonzales, March 18, 2013