On December 19, a 75-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash when her van was hit from behind by a commercial vehicle. After being hit, the woman’s vehicle crossed the median and hit another vehicle head-on. Two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, the driver of the commercial vehicle was not identified. If you witness a hit-and-run crash, there are several things you should do.
- Do not chase after the vehicle. Whether you were the one hit or you just witnessed the crash, it might be tempting to try to chase down the person who fled the scene. Chasing after the person could result in another crash.
- Instead, get as much information as possible about the vehicle and the driver. The make, model, and color of the vehicle are great information. If you can get the license plate number, that is even better. A description of the person and any passengers of the vehicle can also help police locate the perpetrator. If you are in a position to do so safely, write down any information you might easily forget, especially the license plate number.
- You may also need to get out of the person’s way. People fleeing the scene of a crash might not be thinking rationally, and they may hit your vehicle or you when they try to take off. You may need to pull off the road or move out of the person’s way to avoid becoming another victim.
- Call the police right away. Report what happened, where it happened, and what direction the person traveled after the crash. If you can do so safely, stay at the scene until the police arrive. Provide them with as much information as possible.
- If you were driving and you can pull off the road safely, do it. Check on anyone affected by the hit-and-run. Make sure they are alright, and help them in whatever ways you can.