A pedestrian car accident involving an unknown driver struck pedestrian JoAnn Carlson last weekend as she attempted to cross a road near Cherry Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She died this weekend from complications of injuries sustained in that car accident. The police are still searching for the driver who was apparently driving a light colored car with “fancy wheels”. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS.
The driver’s failure to stop an attend to Ms. Carlson’s injuries will potentially expose the driver to increased penalties as a consequence. Oklahoma law requires driver’s involved in an injury accident to report the same to authorities. The failure to do so can result in a felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident. See 47 O.S. Sec. 10-102A. The statute reads in full:
A. The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in a nonfatal injury to any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until he has fulfilled the requirements of Section 10-104 of this title. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
Section 10-104 of Title 47 reads:
A. The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give his correct name, address and registration number of the vehicle he is driving, and shall upon request exhibit his driver license and his security verification form, as defined in Section 7-600 of this title, to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with, and shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such carrying is requested by the injured person. Any driver who provides information required by this section which is intentionally inaccurate shall be subject to the provisions of Section 10-103 of this title.
These statutes impose liability against drivers who cause accidents with pedestrians, and then leave the scene without calling for assistance.
Again, if anyone has information that could identify the driver that struck Ms. Carlson, please contact Crimestoppers.
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