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by Jeff Rasansky - April 5, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of DWI following an early morning crash in Corpus Christi. The woman allegedly slammed into the back of a car, causing the two women in the car to require emergency extraction by first responders.

The women were taken to a hospital, but there was no information on their condition at the time of the report. The woman driving the SUV who hit the other two women ran away from the scene of the accident. The police did catch her and she was placed under arrest.

Let the police catch hit-and-run drivers.

In many cases, drivers who attempt to flee the scene of an accident do so because they know they’re in a lot more trouble than what would result from a simple car crash. Intoxication, outstanding warrants and other reasons may motivate a driver to flee the scene of an accident.

Some of these drivers may well be dangerous if you try to apprehend them yourself. If you’re in a wreck involving a driver who flees, either in their car or on foot, it’s best to let them go and to let the police know right away where they’re heading. As for identifying people, there are some easy ways that you can help the police to catch them. Point out:

  • What type of clothing they’re wearing and what color
  • Make and model of their vehicle
  • Their race
  • Their approximate height
  • Where they’re headed

Describing someone’s face is very difficult and it might not give police that much information to go on. It’s easier to identify them by clothing and height. Even “short” or “tall” can be a big help. Point out their body shape when you’re asked as well (whether they’re overweight, athletic or have some other build).

Remember that you never really know why someone is fleeing an accident. They may just be scared and run out of raw panic, or they may be facing warrants for violent crimes.

The police are equipped to deal with this situation, but citizens are not. Don’t attempt to grab someone yourself, as you may be making the situation much worse.

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