Hit and Run or Run and Hit

In Washington State the crime of hit and run can come in many different forms. There is (1) hit and run of property, (2) hit and run of an attended (occupied) vehicle, and (3) hit and run of an unattended (unoccupied) vehicle. Often, hit and run cases involve odd, quirky facts. Case in point, on Saturday a man and woman involved a hit-and-run crash had a second odd encounter at a birthday party shortly after the confrontation between the two took place.

The alleged incident took place in a parking garage in the 200 block of Second Avenue North in Seattle, Washington. The woman stopped a man as he was getting out of his vehicle and asked him to move his car so she could fit into a neighboring parking spot. The man refused, saying he wouldn’t have enough room with her parked next to him. Thereafter the woman, undeterred, allegedly sped up and quickly turned into the desired spot, striking an adjacent Volkswagen Golf. The man in the first car took pictures of the woman and the Volkswagen’s damage; he then stood in front of her car to prevent her from leaving without providing her information. The woman was not going to be “cornered” and thus she allegedly accelerated into the man, knocking him onto the hood of her vehicle. The man suffered minor cuts to his arm and leg. The woman took off.

About 15 minutes later, however, the man called the police to report that the woman who hit him was at the same birthday party he was attending. An officer responded and spoke to both the man and woman. The woman claimed she was threatened by the man’s behavior and that she did not hit him but that he actually climbed onto her car hood. Can both versions of the incident be correct? Regardless of whom is right, the woman will most likely be looking at multiple criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Being charged with hit and run in Washington State is a very serious allegation. Depending on the circumstances, it can result in jail time, fines, probation and even the loss of privilege to drive. Anyone charged with hit and run in Washington State would be well advised to immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle criminal lawyer. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly seasoned and reputable Seattle criminal lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for hit and run in and around Western Washington and the greater Puget Sound region. The team is designed to create success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office so as to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations brought against the accused are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances. If accused of a crime protect your rights – contact SQ Attorneys, (206) 293-9590; (425) 998-8384 – it will be the best decision you make all day.

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