WAUKEGAN, IL- The chicago.suntimes.com writes that a fatal hit-and-run accident took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Waukegan Township. Law enforcement was called to the scene at about 6:45 p.m.
The victim, a 63-year-old man, was struck near the intersection of Crescent and Northern. The early investigation indicates that the victim was crossing Crescent when he was hit by a vehicle. The driver then fled the scene. The victim was from Waukegan Township. Police found the man a front yard and transported him to the Vista Medical Center where he was declared dead.
Hit-and-run accidents have been increasing in the United States. Sadly, a shockingly high number of drivers choose to flee the scene of accidents after injuring or killing another person. Fleeing the scene of a vehicle accident can leave the victim in an even more vulnerable position because, in many situations, the driver who hits a person, cyclist or another vehicle may be the best situated to get help for anyone who has been injured. Pedestrians and cyclists are often the victims in these accidents as drivers who strike these victims are more likely to be able to drive from the scene of the crash.
Drivers choose to leave after an accident often do so because they are in a panic. In many cases, the driver knows that he or she was already violating another law when they caused an accident. These drivers decide that fleeing the scene is a risk worth taking because they know that their penalties will be high if they are caught. For instance, the driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and be fearful of the DUI charges. People who are under the influence may also have less impulse control or ability to think rationally and may, therefore, be more likely to flee.
Cities and states have been increasing penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident and have in some cases started early alert programs so that law enforcement can enlist the help of the public in catching the suspect.
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