A hit-and-run is a violation of criminal law and can result in serious consequences. In Ohio, every individual who is knowingly in an accident on a public highway or road is obligated to stop after an accident. Find out what the legal repercussions for leaving the scene are below.
What Constitutes a Hit-And-Run?
Ohio statutes require any person driving or operating a motor vehicle on a public road or highway to stop after a collision or accident. The driver is obligated to give any other persons involved or injured in the incident their full legal name, address, and vehicle registration number. The driver must stay on the scene until they have provided these details.
If the other person involved is injured to the extent that they can't receive this information—for example, they've been knocked unconscious—the driver must notify the police and remain on the scene until they arrive. The only exception is if the driver has likewise been injured and is taken away in an ambulance themselves.
What Are the Penalties for Hit-And-Run?
Leaving the scene is a first-degree misdemeanor under Ohio criminal law. The punishment includes a fine of a maximum of $1,000 and up to 180 days of jail time.
If another person is seriously injured in the accident, leaving the scene can be classified as a fifth-degree felony. Those who flee from the accident will face fines of up to $2,500 and a prison sentence of 6 months to 1 year.
If the accident resulted in another person's death, the charges are increased to a third-degree felony. This can result in fines of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 1 to 5 years.
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