A Fall River driver was arrested by police and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death for the fatal hit and run accident of a Somerset man using a motorized wheelchair last week. Police had been searching for the driver of the Avalon since responding to the accident. According to a report in Boston.com, police acted on a reverse 911 call from the driver’s wife who was calling to report that her father-in-law owned a car matching the description that police were looking for.
According to police, the driver told them that on the night of the fatality, he was returning home after watching a Bruins’ game. He initially stopped at the scene after hitting the man in the wheelchair and spoke with the occupants of a car behind him that had also stopped. He then fled the scene.
The conviction for leaving the scene of an accident that results in death, can result in a jail sentence of no less than 2 1/2 years with a maximum of 10 years and a fine of between $1,000 to $5,000. The survivors of someone killed in a hit-and-run accident may also have civil claims against the driver that are separate from the criminal claims brought by the state.