An Aurora man was recently charged with a hit-and-run accident after the victim driving the car that was struck helped with the investigation. Police were able to find the registered owner of the vehicle by using the tag number provided by the victim and subsequently obtained a warrant for his arrest.
The suspect had been staying with friends and family in the DuPage County area. They confirmed that at the time of the October 2012 car accident, he was driving the vehicle to which the plates had been matched. The 33-year-old did not stay at the scene, nor did he inform the vehicle's owner that he had been in an accident after returning it.
The suspect received several charges as a result of the accident. He was driving on a suspended license, which might have been the reason he chose to flee the scene and not properly report it. The law does not have clauses releasing individuals from responsibility for an accident based upon the status of their license. Drivers are expected to remain at the scene of an accident regardless of being licensed or not.
Persons who receive bodily injury or property damage as a result of someone else's negligence can rightfully pursue compensation. Even if the driver is indigent or lacks resources, the court can hold him or her accountable for his or her actions. Car owners are expected to have a minimum of liability insurance on their vehicles, which often covers anyone who was given permission to operate the vehicle. Attorneys familiar with personal injury laws can detail the types of restitution a victim may expect based on the damages incurred.
Source: Naperville Sun, "Motorist helps Naperville cops solve hit-and-run 'mystery'," Bill Bird, March 7, 2013