According to a press release from the Ector County District Attorney’s Office, a 2013 pedestrian hit-and-run case is the subject of a guilty plea.
Man Crossing Street
At approximately 8 a.m. on September 30, 2013, a Odessa man in a 2004 white Crown Victoria struck a 90-year-old male pedestrian attempting to cross East 8th Street. The pedestrian was on his way to pick up his car at a repair shop.
Suspect Surrenders to Authorities
The Ford hit the man on foot, but the motorist did not stop to help the man. Instead, he got out of his car and ran away. The pedestrian did not survive the impact. Authorities searched for the motorist without success. Then, later that same week, he turned himself in.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the motorist pleaded guilty to second-degree felony failure to stop and render aid. He is now fined $4,000 and sentenced to six years in prison. It was not immediately known when the convicted motorist will begin to serve the prison sentence.
As this case illustrates, some hit-and-run motorists face criminal charges. However, they and their insurers may also incur costs associated with civil liability claims. A victim, or survivors of a victim, may seek compensation in the Texas civil court system for certain losses like unpaid medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and lost wages. In wrongful death lawsuits, it is also possible to seek compensation for burial expenses and loss of companionship as well.
Our firm fights hard to protect the legal rights of accident victims and their survivors. If you or a loved one suffers injury or loss of life in an accident, it is possible to review the matter with a Odessa car accident lawyer. We provide this consultation without cost to you. To ask your questions, or to learn more, please contact us.