Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Hit & Runs
Q:Is hit and run against the law? If it is what are the charges if caught? How do you find if the plates do not belong to the car hitting a parked car and the driver can not be found but the car was and can you use the VIN number of the car that hit the parked car?

A: Failure to report an accident, or leaving the scene of a crash IS an arrestable Misdemeanor in Indiana, and could be a Felony if the accident results in serious injury or death. Hit & Run accidents are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated in South Bend. As defined by IC Code 9-26-1-1 you are required to report to police a crash you are involved in.

If the vehicle is located and the driver not located, the owner of the vehicle can be held criminally liable for damages and charged with the crime if evidence supports it, or you may be charged with interfering with an investigation if you withold driver information. License plates, VINs, and in some cases a complete BMV printout of all cars registered of a specific type of vehicle involved may be used to track you down. If you are involved, do the right thing and report it to police. Failing to do so will only make it worse when you are caught.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:06 PM  

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