ABC Local 10 News reports that a woman drove away from a crash to get a massage. 53-year-old Jill Ann Stahon was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. The charges stem from an accident that occurred on October 15th. Stahon made a U-turn of Alafaya Trail, then hit a truck in the far-right lane. She then fled the scene of the crash without stopping.
The people inside the pickup truck suffered from minor injuries. They followed Stahon, who was driving a white Toyota Corolla. She turned into a shopping plaza and walked into Tenpenny Chiropractor. Stahon went inside and got a massage. She never informed the staff of the crash or attempted to get help.
Deputies arrived on the scene and questioned Stahon, who denied being in an accident. Deputies then took her outside, where the victims identified her as being responsible for the accident. Deputies also compared damage to her vehicle with the details of the accident and found them consistent. Stahon told deputies that the damage to her vehicle was from an accident that took place about a month earlier. They arrested Stahon and booked her into John E. Polk Correctional Facility.
In Florida, a hit-and-run is a serious offense that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case. If the incident involved only property damage, it may be just a citation or a misdemeanor. However, if the accident involved serious injury or death, it can be charged as a felony. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, your first instinct may be to pursue the person who drove away, but this can cause more damage.
After making sure that everyone is okay, you want to take note of all the details you can. When you call the police, try to give them an accurate description of the make and model of the car, a description of the driver, license plate number, and the circumstances of the crash.
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