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Texas hit-and-run accidents: Driver in deadly crash found

On Oct. 28, a motorcycle rider was run down by an SUV. As happens in other hit-and-run accidents, the SUV failed to remain at the scene. The vehicle and its driver have since been located. The 25-year-old woman police believe was driving the SUV at the time of the crash has been arrested and charged.

The 33-year-old motorcycle rider was traveling south on a Texas city street when the SUV moved directly into the motorcycle rider's path. He was unable to stop or otherwise avoid colliding with the passenger side of the SUV. When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told authorities that the SUV had failed to stop.

The victim was still alive, but seriously injured, when emergency personnel arrived. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. The woman identified as the driver of the SUV and subsequently arrested has multiple traffic warrants that were outstanding. Her bond was set at $100,000.

On Sept. 1 of this year, the penalties for hit-and-run accidents that involve a fatality here in Texas were made equivalent to those of intoxicated manslaughter. Therefore, if the woman is convicted in connection with this man's death, she could be facing significant prison time. However, that does not preclude the family of the deceased from exercising their right to file a civil action against the SUV driver and any separate owner of the vehicle she was operating. If they prevail, they may receive financial restitution for the monetary damages sustained due to the unexpected and premature loss of their loved one.

Source: kfoxtv.com, Driver in deadly hit-and-run crash arrested, Jamel Valencia, Oct. 31, 2013

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