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Alleged hit-and-run driver surrenders after motorcycle crash

Animals respond to danger or potential harm in one of two ways: fight or flight. Humans display these responses whenever they encounter a serious threat. As unnerving as being in a traffic accident can be, most Cook County drivers understand that leaving the scene of an injury crash or fatality may cause more problems than it solves.

Most of us can understand the need for self-preservation, but few people can fathom ignoring seriously or fatally injured motorcycle accident victims. It is illegal to abandon injured victims at a crash scene. Unfortunately, the prospect of being blamed for an accident causes some at-fault drivers to try to avoid facing consequences.

Rock Island County authorities recently reported that a car driver fled the site of a motorcycle crash that killed two people. The mid-May collision happened on a Sunday night just outside Illinois City. A Pontiac Grand Prix entered an oncoming traffic lane and struck a bike, killing the motorcycle operator and passenger.

The car driver took off on foot, leaving the vehicle and victims behind. Sheriff's deputies later arrested an out-of-state man, who apparently surrendered to authorities sometime after the fatal collision. The 40-year-old driver was jailed on $200,000 bond after being charged with felonies -- double counts of failing to report an accident involving death.

Reports did not state how long the man remained free following the weekend accident. The defendant was in jail within two days of the crash. Police did not offer a reason why the man fled or why the driver ran rather than drove away.

It's not uncommon for hit-and-run drivers to flee in an attempt to disguise a license suspension or intoxication. The welfare of victims is a negligent or reckless driver's last consideration. Attorneys represent the financial interests of victims of hit-and-run motorcycle accidents and surviving family members in civil claims for personal injury and wrongful death.

Source: WQAD, "Muscatine man charged after hit-and-run leaves two motorcyclists dead," Megan Noe, May. 18, 2015

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