An Olalla man who allegedly ran over a boy’s arm with his pickup truck is being charged with a hit-and-run.
In July, Brian Hayes, 33, was driving up the hill exiting a trailer park as two boys on a moped were also driving up the hill. When the road narrowed the moped driver, 17, applied the brakes, causing both of the moped riders to be thrown off. Hayes allegedly ran over one of the boy’s arms, causing severe cuts and bruises.
Hayes is being charged with not staying at the scene of the accident.
It has also been recommended that the driver of the moped be charged. The driver of the moped was speeding, driving with a suspended license, in possession of alcohol, wasn’t wearing a helmet (neither was the passenger), didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement and was driving recklessly.
If you are involved in a similar accident, or any accident in which another person is injured or property is damaged, it is important to follow the following guidelines:
Make sure you stop immediately. Leaving the scene of an accident could be an independent violation. After you have stopped your car check for any injured persons. Call an emergency number if necessary, and then notify the local police department.
It is important that you do not comment to anyone on the accident. Make no statements about fault or responsibility, even if you are sure the accident was or was not your fault. State law only requires that you provide the following information at the scene of an accident: your name, address, vehicle information, number of the vehicle you are driving, and to exhibit your driver’s license, registration and insurance card.
You have the right to consult an attorney before making any statements to the police and it is wise to find legal counsel as quickly as possible following your accident.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.