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Illinois woman punished for hit-and-run death months later

One of the most frustrating accidents to deal with are motorists who commit hit and runs. Any driver involved in an accident must pull over, exchange information, and contact their insurance agent as well as potentially emergency vehicles should the accident be severe. Unfortunately, some motorists believe they can avoid the consequences by leaving the scene of the crime before the victim catches their license plate numbers.

While some hit-and-run motorists do not receive any immediate punishment from their evasion, they are not out of trouble yet. This is evidenced by the recent conviction of a young Illinois woman who received hit-and-run charges for a fatal crash she caused back at the beginning of the year.

A winter crash punished in the summer

Back on January 5, 2018, a 26 year old woman from Woodlawn drover her Cadillac on Interstate 64. When a Toyota Avalon with an elderly pair was on the right lane in front of her, she drove her Cadillac at high speeds on the left and attempted to pass them. She instead ended up crashing into them when she tried to get back into the lane and drove off as the crash caused the Toyota to go off the highway and run into a tree. The 81 year old female driver suffered injuries while the 93 year old male passenger died.

The police began an investigation that lasted for half of a year before they finally arrested the driver on Tuesday, August 7 with three accounts of felony. Two were from failure to report the accident and one was for reckless homicide. She was able to post bail, but she continues to face the consequences of her actions as her story is being reported by several media outlets.

They can’t run forever

Illinois traffic laws state that any person that fails to stop at the scene of a fatal accident is guilty of a class 4 felony. It is their legal duty to assist with any potential injured drivers from the crash and contact any emergency vehicles to help. Failing to follow these laws can result in additional penalties that become more severe depending on the damages or injuries received by the other driver.

Stories like this prove that not all hit-and-run motorists will get away with their crimes. If you or someone you know is the victim of a hit-and-run crash, you should look for the right legal assistance to help you receive compensation for any damage or medical bill received from the accident that should have been obtained sooner.

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