Is leaving the scene of an accident a felony in Michigan?

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Old Dec 27th, 2008, 05:21 AM   #1
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Old Dec 27th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #2
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It can be yes if the accident was serious! Law is under revision currently only to get tougher it would seem.

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257.617 Accident resulting in serious impairment of body function or death; stopping required; reporting to police agency or officer; violation as felony; penalty.

Sec. 617.

(1) The driver of a vehicle who knows or who has reason to believe that he or she has been involved in an accident upon public or private property that is open to travel by the public shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall remain there until the requirements of section 619 are fulfilled or immediately report the accident to the nearest or most convenient police agency or officer to fulfill the requirements of section 619(a) and (b) if there is a reasonable and honest belief that remaining at the scene will result in further harm. The stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3), if the individual violates subsection (1) and the accident results in serious impairment of a body function or death, the individual is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(3) If the individual violates subsection (1) following an accident caused by that individual and the accident results in the death of another individual, the individual is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.

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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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If a hit and run occurs and it is already known that it was accidental, that the driver did not mean to hit the pedestrian but left the scene with the pedestrian still in the road should a ticket be issued and then the investigation continue. Either way what i am asking is shouldnt the driver still be issued a ticket since they left the scene?
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Absolutely...push the police and prosecutor to act if you need to.
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