On Tuesday, February 2nd, a vehicle struck a suspect as they fled the scene of a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 171. In the crash report, the Columbus Police stated that the at-fault driver caused the accident they were running from in north Columbus.
The first accident happened around 5:53 p.m. on I-171 South just before Morse Road. The suspect left the scene as emergency crews arrived. The driver jumped into the median lane of I-71 North, and a medic arriving at the scene struck them.
The police said the suspect was in critical condition when they arrived at Riverside Hospital but later became stable. They have not released any information on the person’s identity pending the conclusion of their investigation into the accident on Interstate 171.
Under section 4549.02 of the Ohio Revised Codes, it is an offense for a person to leave an accident scene on a public road or highway. If it happens, the individual faces a first misdemeanor charge. The punishment is a maximum of 180 days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $1000.
If the crash results in severe bodily harm, the offender faces a felony charge of the fifth degree. The punishment is six months to one year in jail and/or fines up to $2,500. If the victim dies from injuries sustained in the collision, the hit-and-run driver faces a felony of the third degree.
The punishment is one to five years in jail and/or fines not exceeding $10 000. Disobeying the statute will give the at-fault driver a class five suspension for at least six months to three years. Under the Ohio Driving Point System, the person can receive up to six points. Contact an Ohio car accident lawyer for ways to mitigate the punishment.