The ice cream truck, a clear sign that summer is on the horizon. Earlier this week, children on Thorndale Lane lined up to get their sweet treats when a black Jeep came into the neighborhood, seemingly unaware of the presence of neighborhood children.
Eleven year old Chris was among the children when he was hit by the Jeep and knocked to the ground. The rearview mirror hit Chris on the side of the face and sent him to street level. The driver of the Jeep stopped briefly but didn’t stick around for authorities.
According to this report from NBC12, adult Jeremiah Mayo was accompanying some of the children and witnessed the hit and run. He stated the driver waited for Chris to get back to his feet before leaving but added there are many children in the neighborhood and the driver should have been more cautious.
The neighborhood children are taking away a lesson from the accident, that even though they see a vehicle doesn’t mean the driver of that vehicle sees them. Police are still looking for the driver of the black Jeep.
Hit and run is one of several criminal traffic offenses that is far more serious than a simple speeding ticket. If involved in an accident, you are required by law to remain on the scene, provide assistance, and wait for authorities. Failure to do this could result in criminal charges.
Likewise, reckless driving is a common criminal traffic offense. It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail. There are ways to beat a criminal charge like this but how we go about it depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
If you are facing criminal traffic charges and in need of an experienced local Virginia defense attorney, call me today for a free consultation on your case.