In Georgia, when an auto accident occurs, the law states that all persons involved should stop and pull over. Not doing so is considered a hit-and-run and is not only illegal, it can escalate penalties. In the case of a hit-and-run where a person is injured, they can still try and be compensated for damages, but they may also be able to receive punitive damages for the reckless actions of the driver who fled the scene. Since Georgia is a fault state, the person who caused the accident or their insurance company is liable for all damages, so fleeing the scene is seen as an attempt to dodge responsibility.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a Cobb County man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and trying to hide his vehicle.
20-year-old Gabriel Alex Cammon, who is from Powder Springs, is facing charges after fleeing from an accident where he struck and killed a pedestrian on January 17th.
According to witnesses, Cammon was driving a Chevy Silverado when he fatally stuck Raul Ramiro Dominguez, who was attempting to cross South Cobb Drive at Church Street. Witnesses state that Cammon got out of his truck, panicked, and then drove away. One of them took photos of the truck.
After the incident, Cammon hid the truck on an access drive surrounded by industrial buildings in Douglas County. He removed a specialized license plate and covered the truck with a tarp.
Cammon turned himself in to police five days following the incident. He told police that he covered the car up because he was “preserving evidence.” He is now facing hit-and-run charges. His bond was reduced from $200,000 to $80,000, but he remains in custody at the Cobb County Jail.
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