In Georgia, leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it or stopping to exchange information is a crime. In some cases, the penalties for a hit-and-run can be more serious than the penalties for a DUI. In many cases, a person with a DUI can get limited permission to drive to and from work or school. Those with a hit and run charge or conviction are often not allowed to drive at all for a period of time. The financial penalties for hit-and-run in Georgia can also be very harsh. Fines can range between $300 and $1,000, and then there is a liability if the other party was injured.
The AJC reports on a hit-and-run accident that shut down Interstate 285 for hours.
Authorities are searching for the driver who hit three people on I-285 in Sandy Springs on Wednesday morning.
The initial crash involved two vehicles which were in the eastbound lanes near New Northside Drive. It was about 2 a.m. and the driver of a tractor-trailer stopped to help extinguish the flames from the accident. All three people were hit by a Ford Mustang that was blue in color. The Mustang then fled the scene and has a heavily damaged front end.
The truck driver reported being alright and was released from the hospital a few hours following the accident. Another of the victims, Jeannie Smithwick was still unconscious at Grady as of Wednesday afternoon. She is suffering from a traumatic head injury, a broken arm, and a broken leg. The injuries of the third person are unknown.
The eastbound lanes of I-285 were shut down for more than 4 hours while authorities investigated. All lanes were reopened by 6:30 a.m., but traffic delays had already begun.
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