Georgia law states that drivers have a duty to stop or return to the scene of a collision. In an accident resulting in injury or death, the law states that the driver must stop at or near the accident. Failure to do either could result in a hit-and-run. As long as there were no serious or fatal injuries, a hit-and-run charge is a misdemeanor. The fines for this charge can range from $300 to $1,000. It’s also possible to face up to 12 months imprisonment. Drivers who leave the scene of a serious injury accident case felony charges.
ABC 13 reports on a hit-and-run that seriously injured a 9-year-old girl.
28-year-old Gabriel Fordham claims the accident which seriously injured the little girl only happened because he was fighting off a carjacker at the time of the crash. 9-year-old Laderihanna Holmes’ mother doesn’t believe Fordham’s story. Video footage of the accident captured the moment when Fordham struck Holmes, who was playing outside with a friend. The accident took place in the front yard of the girl’s home.
The girl was left with a fractured skull, a broken pelvic bone, and other serious injuries. The child with whom Holmes was playing with at the time was also injured.
Fordham’s attorney said that the unidentified person in white pants that fled the scene of the accident is the carjacker. Fordham and his girlfriend, who owns the car, are negotiating a surrender with the police. Fordham will be charged with hit-and-run, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation, and serious injury by vehicle. There will also be charges of reckless driving.
Police said that there were numerous beer bottles found in the car.
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