Florida statute covers what a person must do when involved in an accident involving another person, vehicle, or property. Leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury is a third-degree felony charge that can be easily avoided.
In the event of an accident, a driver must stop at the scene or as soon as possible following the crash. They must also share certain personal information with other parties involved in the crash. If necessary, drivers must also render reasonable assistance or contact emergency services to get assistance if they are unable to render aid.
Possible punishments for leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury can include up to five years in prison, five years on probation, and a fine of up to $5,000. In addition, their driver’s license will be revoked for at least three years.
My CBS 4 reports that following a hit-and-run accident, a woman threatened to harm her children with a box cutter after driving into oncoming traffic.
The incident occurred on Thursday, May 14th at the intersection of NW 34th Street and 53rd Avenue.
According to authorities, 24-year-old Kiah Tyus of Indiana drove through the intersection at approximately 70 to 90 m.p.h. into oncoming traffic, where she was involved in an accident.
Following the collision, Tyus fled the scene on foot with two children in her arms. An officer noticed Tyus bleeding from several places and attempted to make contact with the woman. She told the officer to leave her alone.
The officer made no attempt to detain Tyus until she began walking towards oncoming traffic. When the officer made contact, Tyus allegedly bit the officer’s finger.
When more officers arrived and attempted to take the children from Tyus, she displayed a box cutter and allegedly threatened to harm the children. She swung the knife at an officer who attempted to stop her. She dropped the box cutter and pulled out another, which was then thrown at another officer.
One of the officers was able to get one of the children away from Tyus, but she had to be tased in order for officers to safely get to the other child.
Tyus is charged with battery on law enforcement, aggravated assault on law enforcement, two counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury.