Patricia Villacin, a KCBD-TV reporter in Lubbock, TX, has been accused of a hit and run. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Villacin had been driving one of the news station’s marked SUVs when she hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Witnesses say that she immediately drove away from the accident that left the victim with serious but thankfully not life-threatening injuries.
Police say they found Villacin at the television station later after one witness followed her and recorded the license plate number on the SUV. She was arrested and charged with failure to stop and render aid, which is a third-degree felony. She has since posted bond, but has not made any public comments regarding the accident.
Why Do So Many People Commit Hit and Run?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hit-and-run accidents are on the rise, increasing by 13 percent between 2009 and 2011 alone. A hit-and-run accident is a nightmare, no matter which end of it you are on. People have given a variety of reasons as to why they fled the scene of an accident, but more often than not, they say they ran because they were scared.
What Should I Do If I Hit a Pedestrian?
- Never flee the scene unless you are going to get immediate medical attention. Failure to stop is a felony.
- Call the police.
- Give the person you hit your insurance information.
- If they are hurt, and you cannot reach the police, drive them to a hospital.
- Try not to talk too much and NEVER admit fault.
- Call your insurance company.
- Contact an experienced attorney.
What If I Fled the Scene of an Accident?
If you have been accused of a hit-and-run accident, the best option is to turn yourself in to the police before things escalate any further. The consequences in a hit-and-run case can include felony charges, heavy fines, and maybe even jail time. Call a criminal lawyer prior to turning yourself in.