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  • Writer's pictureClaire Edwards

Hit + Run

After being involved in an accident, a motorist must do three things to avoid criminal liability: (1) He must stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident, (2) give his identity, and (3) render reasonable aid. This list stems from a Louisiana 3rd circuit case called State v. Davenport, decided in 2006.

Ultimately, the current code article for Hit-and-run driving is La. R.S. 14:100, stating: Hit and run driving is the intentional failure of the driver of a vehicle involved in or causing any accident, to stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident (incident/event resulting in damage to property or injury to person), to give his identity (name, address, license no. of vehicle) and to render reasonable aid.

The sentence for hit and run with no death and not related to alcohol is fine of no more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. When there is no death but there is evidence that the operator consumed alcohol or drugs, there is still $500 fine/ six (6) mos. max jail, but ALSO a minimum of ten (10) days in jail.

Watching the cars pass as I prepare this post.


State v. Davenport, 941 So. 2d 629, 631 (La. Cit. App. 3d Cir. 2006).

La. R.S. 14:100

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