According to Phoenix Police Spokesman Sergeant Steve Martos, a cab driver was arrested in Phoenix for running a man over and fleeing the scene. The hit-and-run accident occurred on Sunday at approximately 3 p.m. after the cab driver and the victim engaged in an altercation at a convenient store located at 15th Avenue and Indian School Road. Sergeant Martos said, “At this time, we are investigating whether the cab driver intentionally ran over the victim or not.” Police said the victim, who has not yet been identified, was transported to the hospital and is in extremely critical condition.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 28-661, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person shall: (1) immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as possible but shall immediately return to the accident scene. (2) remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of section 28-663.” Under Arizona Revised Statute §28-663, the driver of the vehicle must provide his name, address and vehicle registration, show his driver’s license upon request, and provide reasonable assistance to the injured person that may include assisting the person to a doctor or hospital if necessary. Failure to comply with this law will result in a Class 3 felony. However, if the person caused the accident, failure to comply with this law will result in a Class 2 felony. Finally, the penalties for a hit-and-run accident may include prison time for up to three and a half (3 ½) years and revocation of driving privileges for three (3) to five (5) years.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, contact the Phoenix injury attorneys at the personal injury practice Oracle Law Group for assistance with your personal injury claim.