Stiffer Penalties for Hit-and-Run Accidents

Stiffer Penalties for Hit-and-Run Accidents

Accidents are increasing due to the population boost, and hit-and-run crashes continue to be a problem. SAPD Hit-and-Run investigator, Steven Quade, says on average in San Angelo 800 hit-and-run accidents occur each year. So far over 600 incidents were reported, and we still have 4-months to go.
Accidents are increasing due to the population boost, and hit-and-run crashes continue to be a problem. SAPD Hit-and-Run investigator, Steven Quade, says on average in San Angelo 800 hit-and-run accidents occur each year. So far over 600 incidents were reported, and we still have 4-months to go.

"They leave because they're wanted, they're suspended, they don't have insurance or some of them just don't want to take the time out and just leave."

Quade says by the end of the year that number will likely rise above 900. Five hit-and-run incidents included serious bodily injury to a person, four were pedestrians in the downtown area.


"We're getting more pedestrians getting hit. We've got more people out jogging and walking, and they're getting hit by vehicles."

As of September 1st, stiffer penalties regarding these crashes have been implemented to reduce drivers leaving the scene.

"If some one is actually killed in a hit and run accident it was a third degree felony, they've changed that to actually a second degree felony."

Quade says, Alcohol is a major factor drivers choose to flee the scene.

"If alcohol is involved, if they stay at the scene intoxicated manslaughter is a second degree felony, but if they left the scene it was a third degree, so they have actually equaled it out now. Whether you stay at the scene or you leave, either way it's the same penalty."

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