A driver in downtown San Francisco fled the scene of a serious accident recently, but the police fortunately apprehended her later in the day. This is yet another example of drivers who try to get away from the problems they caused, only to suffer more extensive punishment because of their decision. No one should flee the scene of an accident. There is no reason to do this. You immediately escalate a civil wrong to a criminal act. And drivers who stay at the scene are able to help those who have been hurt by their conduct
The 32-year-old defendant driver plowed through an intersection. During her attempt to get through the intersection, she struck a bicyclist. Thankfully, the cyclist did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but still needed to be hospitalized as a result of the accident. After the wreck the auto driver fled the scene. The police caught her shortly after the crash, and she now faces serious charges.
This crash is a further reminder that bicyclists are always at risk out on the road. They can operate their vehicle perfectly, and all it takes is a wayward vehicle or a negligent driver to dramatically alter their lives. All drivers should be cognizant of bicyclists out on the road, and anything less can lead to an accident that leaves the driver liable for the resulting harms and losses.
Source: SFist, “Driver Arrested After Hitting Cyclist, Attempting To Flee,” Eve Batey, March 15, 2017