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Iowa man charged with after hit-and-run accident

A young boy was recently injured in a hit-and-run accident. The collision occurred on Feb. 12 at around 6:30 p.m. near Harding Middle School on Euclid Avenue. The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center, and, according to reports, he was in good condition.

Reports say that the boy was leaving a Valentine's Day dance at his school when he was hit by a car. According to police, a red Jeep Cherokee that was making a left turn struck the boy and then left the scene, and a witness said the Jeep slowed down and pulled over but then drove away. The witness also suggested that the driver may not have known that he had hit someone.

After the accident, a man called the police station and claimed that he had been driving in the area around the time the boy had been hit. After being interviewed by authorities, the man was taken into custody and charged with failure to render aid at an accident causing serious injury. Police also impounded the Jeep in order to conduct a forensic examination.

Even as the boy is recovering, the cost of hospitalization may prove to be a burden on his family. In an attempt to recover the cost of emergency medical care, the boy's family might consider filing a personal injury claim against the driver. An attorney with experience with car accident cases may be able to build a case for the family that uses the man's decision to leave the scene of the accident as evidence of negligence. That lawyer may then present the case in court or in settlement negotiations.

Source: KCCI, "You might recognize driver charged in hit-and-run crash", Laura Nichols, February 13, 2014

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