After A Hit-And-Run: Making A Witness Statement
A hit-and-run occurred on Monday in Pasco County, and thanks to a home security camera, the incident was caught on tape. The video shows an SUV as it veers off the road, hits a mailbox and parked vehicle, and then plows into a teenager on a bike. The SUV then left the scene. Thankfully, the 14-year-old is not injured, but the driver still needs to be caught. With the help of the security footage, images of the vehicle are circulating wildly on Tampa Bay social media, and two suspects have already been apprehended. This harrowing accident highlights the importance of witnesses and evidence in hit-and-run cases.
If you witness a hit-and-run, you can play an important role.
The first thing you should do is call 911. Even if there are no injuries, calling 911 is a good idea, because a hit-and-run is a crime, and needs to be reported. Like with any other car accident, there are two important things you should remember:
- Do not approach the scene of the accident unless it is save to do so. Look out for leaking or combustible fluid, debris, or other traffic on the roads
- If there are injured victims, do not attempt to move them. Call 911, and wait until trained paramedics arrive. If you move an injured victim, you could further injure or even paralyze them.
Making A Witness Statement
Stay at the scene until emergency personnel arrive. Once they have attended to the victims, they will want to question you about the accident. This is when you make a witness statement. In your statement, include details such as:
- Your name and contact information
- The time of the accident
- Where the accident occurred
- The license plate number of the fleeing vehicle
- Vehicle description, like make, model, or color
- Driver description, if possible
- Description of the accident
If you witness a hit-and-run on an unattended vehicle, leave a note on the damaged car’s windshield, and include similar information. In this case, your contact information is especially important.
Be as accurate as you can, and always be honest! As they try to find the driver who hit them, the victims will be very thankful for your willingness to help.
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