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Oklahoma City hit-and-run accident injures woman

On July 11, a 34-year-old woman was traveling on State Highway 66 in northwest Oklahoma City when she and another driver were involved in a collision. After the impact, the other driver, a 39-year-old man, exited his car and ran away from the accident scene, according to the police report. The Mustang woman was trapped in her car following the car accident. She was listed in critical condition after being taken to the OU Medical Center.

After the hit-and-run driver fled his vehicle, police searched his car and were able to identify him. In addition, they allegedly found a 12-gauge shotgun, partially covered by a blanket in the backseat of the vehicle.

The hit-and-run driver was found nearby with injuries deemed to be consistent with car collisions of this type. Police indicated that he had watery eyes, walked in an unsteady fashion and spoke with slurred speech. In the police car, the accused driver reportedly shouted and asked others present to call his mother. Later, at the hospital, the man was allegedly uncooperative and refused to allow blood to be drawn or to be medically treated. He was then sent to the Oklahoma County Jail, where he remained until he was released on the following day.

All drivers on the road owe a duty to operate their vehicles in a careful manner. Where, as in this case, a driver hits another driver, causing her serious injury and then fleeing the scene while allegedly intoxicated, the chances of a jury finding him liable are very good. A personal injury attorney may use any ensuing charges against the driver thought to be liable as proof of negligent behavior in order to potentially secure compensation for the victim's hospital bills and other expenses.

Source: News OK, "Mustang woman in critical condition after other driver flees Oklahoma City accident", Kyle Hinchey, July 15, 2013

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