Why Aren’t Police Charging This Hit-and-Run Driver in Nashville?

Police are evaluating whether charges should be pressed against a pizza delivery driver who got himself into a bit of a situation earlier this month. The pizza driver was driving back to work from a delivery when he suddenly heard something hit his car. He stopped to take a look at what the noise could have been. Turns out, the driver struck a 60-year-old man.

The driver told Nashville police the pedestrian was lying in the roadway, so the driver checked on him. The driver told the police the pedestrian sat up and seemed just fine. So, the pizza guy continued driving back to work. Police later contacted the driver at his work and took down his personal information. The driver immediately left work and drove to the nearby hospital. The pedestrian he’d struck had died.

Upon further investigation, police found that the pedestrian was actually crossing the street more than 1,000 feet away from the closest crosswalk. Additionally, the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident. Though the police do believe it is highly possible the driver did not see the pedestrian, he did leave the scene of the accident and provide his information to the accident victim. The District Attorney’s Office has been consulted about the possibility of charges pressed on the driver.

What Do I Do if I am Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Tennessee hit-and-run laws are very clear. If you are involved in a car accident, you must stop as soon as possible and return to the scene of the accident, exchange information with whoever was also involved in the accident, call the police and wait.

If you are involved in an accident and the driver continues or does not return to the scene of the accident, you must try to pull over and remove yourself from traffic. Do not leave the scene of the accident, whether that is to pursue the hit-and-run driver or to wait and report the accident at a more convenient time. Stay put. Write down any details you can remember about the hit-and-run driver, such as the make, model, color and license plate of the vehicle. Call the authorities and let them know exactly what happened.

After you file a police report and before you contact your insurance, call an experienced attorney who can help assess your case and determine what your rights are moving forward. An attorney can also ensure that you receive fair treatment from your insurance company regarding the accident.

The Law Office of Stanley A. Davis is a personal injury firm that fights for car accident victims in the Nashville area.

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