Recently, a driver struck one of the medical buildings at Regional Medical Center of San Jose so hard that the building's integrity had to be checked. The driver of the vehicle was not on the scene when the authorities arrived.
The hit-and-run crash reportedly happened in the early-morning hours, and both emergency personnel and the police responded to the scene.
No Driver, No Injuries
Police reported that the driver was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, the building was not occupied when the crash occurred, so no injuries were reported.
Dealing with a Hit-and-Run
With the driver missing in action, the police called a tow truck to remove the vehicle. Law enforcement officials identified the registered owner of the vehicle but were not initially able to make contact.
The driver will need to be located to make sure the person responsible for the damages is held accountable. Hit-and-run drivers can be charged with a crime under California law.
Types of Hit-and-Run Offenses
You can be charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run if you leave the scene of an accident that involved property damage before authorities arrive without identifying yourself to the parties involved
A hit-and-run can become a felony offense if an injury occurs. Always stay and make sure that the accident is properly documented and taken care of before leaving the scene. In this case, the driver chose to leave the scene of the accident and could face a felony charge, as well as other charges.
Get Help After Your San Jose AccidentIf you have been in an accident with a hit-and-run driver, contact Bohn & Fletcher, LLP to speak to a San Jose car accident lawyer. Set up a free consultation by visiting us online or calling us at 408-279-4222.