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Bryan hit-and-run driver charged

A 40-year-old Bryan man is facing charges for causing and leaving the scene of a car accident. Accident reports indicate that the suspect was driving near Texas Avenue and William J. Bryan Parkway when his van rear-ended a Toyota Tundra in front of him, pushing it into a Dodge Magnum. The suspect fled the scene on foot without giving his name or identifying information to the other drivers. He later told police that he ran because he had consumed "a few beers" after an officer apprehended the him nearby. Authorities said the man did not appear to be intoxicated when they caught him.

The driver of the Magnum was treated at a nearby hospital for complaints of neck pain and dizziness. Her injuries did not require hospitalization.

In Texas, fleeing the scene of an accident that causes property damage is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months imprisonment, fines of $2,000 or both. Fleeing the scene of a car accident that caused injury to another person may be charged as a felony and carries penalties of up to five years imprisonment. The driver was also cited for failing to control his speed, an infraction, and driving without a license, a misdemeanor.

A person who is injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver may be entitled to compensation. In addition to hospital bills, there are often prescription costs, out-of-pocket expenses, or lost wages when an injury requires that the victim miss work. Victims may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering due to the injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise automobile accident victims on how they may be able to receive compensation for their injuries.

Source: The Eagle, "Police: Driver charged after fleeing accident," Eagle Staff Report, Jan. 7, 2013

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