“We’re going to get you.”
On Friday, October 20, 2017, a mom and her daughter were out walking their dog when a driver hit them and then fled the scene. West Pikeland Township Police Chief Shane Clark is quoted in a 6ABC article telling a hit and run driver that “we’re going to get you”. The article goes on to report that a driver of a white pickup truck with a ladder rack on it is wanted for questioning in a hit and run crash. The pedestrian accident occurred on Art School Road in West Pikeland Township.
Fortunately, everyone is expected to live, however the 16yr old daughter was severely injured and was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Sometimes referred to as CHOP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an excellent hospital where children are often transported who have sustained traumatic injuries. CHOP is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, which means they have full team of experts on staff and the equipment necessary to provide the highest level of care possible to injured children.
Will the driver go to jail?
If caught, the driver is likely looking at some harsh penalties thanks to Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentences. According to PA Code §75-3742, leaving the scene of an acident where an injury occured results in a 3rd degree felony with a minimum of 90 days in jail and up to 7 years in prison.
After a hit and run
In the video below, Philadelphia Children’s Injury Lawyer Edith Pearce explains how uninsured motorist coverage may help people who have been involved in a hit and run.
In this particular case, hopefully the driver is caught and arrested. If the driver can be identified, injured victims can begin the injury claims process.
Anyone involved in an accident should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney prior to speaking with the opposing insurer for free advice. While accidents like this may appear “open and shut”, insurers deny claims and even blame victims thousands of times every year. In many cases, an experienced attorney can help victims obtain significantly more compensation for their injuries than they would receive without one.