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Alcohol may be a factor in hit-and-run accident

Hit-and-run accidents happen more often than people think. Occasionally, negligent drivers flee the scene of an accident to avoid arrest if they know they are guilty of drunk driving or drug use. After this most recent hit and run accident in Lolo, alcohol is being considered as one of the incentives for a careless driver to flee the scene of an accident that sent one individual to the hospital.

In the late evening hours of a Saturday, a car traveling on the highway was T-boned by a pickup truck that turned across the oncoming lane. The car had two occupants, one of whom was a woman that required extrication from the vehicle before being transported to a local hospital. A short time after the accident, the driver of another vehicle approached the scene, hitting debris in the road which caused damage to their car. The driver of that vehicle, authorities say, was unhurt.

According to the Highway Patrol officer that arrived at the scene, the driver of the pickup truck pulled his vehicle to a side road and fled the scene on foot. Authorities believe the owner of the pickup lives in the area but are unsure if that was the person operating the truck at the time of the collision. Highway Patrol found alcoholic beverage containers inside the pickup truck, which also strongly smelled of alcohol.

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. Combine that with drunk driving and chances are the negligent driver is facing some very serious charges. If you or a family member has suffered injury or loss due to the negligence of another driver, it may be beneficial for you to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: KPAX.com, "Hit-and-run suspect flees crash scene near Lolo," Augusta McDonnell, June 12, 2016

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