An 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were seriously injured when a driver of an SUV struck them as they played on a lawn in the 25700 block of 16th Avenue South in Des Moines and then drove from the accident scene. The one girls went flying after they were hit and one girl reportedly suffered a head injury according to witnesses to the incident.
Witnesses to the hit-and-run followed the black Nissan Rogue SUV and got a license plate number and called 9-1-1 which allowed police to trace the vehicle to a Federal Way address where they arrested a man they believe was the driver.
Police will certainly investigate the man for DUI. If it is determined he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, he will most likely be charged with Vehicular Assault and hit-and-run driving.
Vehicular Assault, RCW 46.61.522, is a class Be felony and can result in a prison term of ten years and/or a fine of up to 20,000.
Washington Hit and Run Laws
In Washington State, leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense and penalties for it can include jail time and fines. Penalties can include 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The law requires any driver involved in an accident that causes injury or death to stop and render reasonable assistance to the injured parties.
Bellevue Attorney Represents Hit-and-Run Victims
It is so fortunate that the witnesses to this hit-and-run incident came forward so that police could apprehend the person responsible for injuring these girls. Now, the driver can face justice.
The Farber Law Group represents car accident victims to insure their rights are protected and they get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Herbert Farber, the founder of our firm, personally represents accident victims and is extremely experienced in dealing with insurance companies. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident we are here to fight for you.
Call us today at 1-800-244-9087 for a free consultation.