Every day, auto accidents occur that change the lives of those involved. This is especially true when the incident leads to allegations of hit and run. A defendant facing charges related to hit and run faces challenges both legally and socially, as a conviction could harm a defendant's reputation in the community. A 27-year-old driver in Seattle is now up against such charges.
According to police, the young man's vehicle collided with a bicyclist at the intersection of James Street and 2nd Avenue. The collision allegedly took place in the early morning just after 2 a.m. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital.
The driver later told police that he had a green light at the time of the collision.
Witnesses of the alleged incident took down the driver's license plate number and a description of the suspect's car. Police say they went to the man's home and spotted the vehicle as the driver and two other men were stepping out of it. Police found the front of the car to be damaged and the windshield broken.
A police spokesperson went on to say that the driver was believed to be drunk at the time of the accident, but a report in The Seattle Times doesn't indicate whether drunken driving charges were filed or whether any breath test was administered. If police didn't witness the suspect driving while under the influence, then it is unlikely that he will face charges for drunken driving.
No matter what, he will need a strong legal defense to protect his rights and reputation.
Source: The Seattle Times, "Hit and run driver strikes bicyclist in downtown Seattle this morning," Jennifer Sullivan, Dec. 24, 2012