An alleged Columbia hit-and-run accident at about 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, resulted in the arrest of two men. A spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department says that a male motorist allegedly ran a red light, and his vehicle struck another in the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue. The other driver reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to wisctv.
Two Individuals Allegedly Flee the Scene
Two individuals, the 29-year-old driver and his 29-year-old male passenger, allegedly fled the scene on foot. According to the police spokeswoman, the motorist ignored commands to stop during the ensuing foot chase, but police apprehended him several minutes later at 1003 Elmwood Avenue. Police allege that he lied about his identity at the time. A K9 team assisted in pursuit of the other individual, and officers caught up with him where Jefferson Street and Sumter Street meet.
Multiple Charges Result
Authorities transported both men to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The driver faces charges of DUI, hit-and-run, open container violation, failure to stop on police command, giving false information to a police officer and hindering a police officer. The passenger faces charges of drunkenness, open container violation and marijuana possession.
Although the complete details of this accident are still not known, a person suffering an injury in a hit-and-run accident does have recourse in South Carolina’s civil courts. It is often possible to seek compensation for unpaid medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and lost wages. However, it is only possible to pursue monetary damages when once the authorities identify the hit-and-run driver.
Should you or a family member suffer injury in a traffic accident, it is possible to discuss the matter with Columbia personal injury attorneys focused on relevant portions of state law. In fact, we offer such a consultation without cost or obligation. To learn more, please contact us.