CHARLES COUNTY, MO- Patch.com reports that six people sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash that took place in St. Charles County on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The accident occurred near the Illinois-Missouri border a little after 3 a.m. The victims were all traveling in an F150pickup truck. The pickup was towing a camper.
The F150 was struckby another truck, which was describedas maroon. The other vehicle drove the F1150 off of the roadway.
One of the victims sustained serious injuries.
The driver that caused the collision reportedly fled the scene of the accident before police arrived.
Police are asking that anyone with information about theaccident, pleasecontact St. Louis Crime Stoppers.
According to the AAA, hit-and-run accidents killed 2,049 people in the United States in 2016, making it the worst year in history forfatal hit-and-run crashes. In addition to the most serious hit-and-run accidents, hundreds of thousands of other hit-and-run accidents happen every year leaving behind injured people and costly property damage. Many deadly hit-and-run accidents involvingpedestrians being struckby vehicles.
Drivers who flee often feel that the risk is worth taking. In many cases, the driver may be drunk and could be hoping to avoid harsh penalties for injuring or killing a person while driving under the influence.Many states have taken steps to make the penalties for leaving the scene of accident higher. The prison time a person faces for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident varies greatly by state, from 6 months to up to 30 years. Other states have implemented alert programs designed to help police catch drivers who flee the scene of a traffic accident.
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