The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Army Ranger James Couch, age 29, is recovering from serious injuries at Madigan Army Medical Center after a hit-and-run driver ran him down while he was running on a Pierce County road.
Couch’s injuries include a broken leg, torn knee ligaments and severe road rash on his face.
According to the report, Couch returned from a tour of Afghanistan just one week ago and went for a run and was only a mile from home when he was hit from behind.
Pierce County Sherriff’s are looking for a red Chevrolet pickup truck that they believe may have been involved in the hit and run.
Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.52.020 outlines a driver’s duty in case of personal injury or death of a person and prescribes penalties. It states that any driver involved in an accident which results in the injury or death of a person shall immediately stop their vehicle at the accident scene and remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. Any person who leaves the scene of an accident can be charged with a class B felony which has a penalty of imprisonment of not more than 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.
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