Police arrest suspect involved in felony hit-and-run accident
According to Oregon law, a motorist who causes harm while driving is required to stop immediately at the scene of the accident. If a driver who caused an accident does not abide by this law, he or she can be charged with a felony hit-and-run. Upon conviction, the accused may receive serious penalties, such as a prison sentence, fines or both.
In Hillsboro, a 28-year-old man is facing serious felony charges after he allegedly hit and killed a 50-year-old grandfather in a side-impact crash. Police were able to identify and arrest the man a few hours later at a nearby farm, where he attempted a break in. The driver is facing felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene of the accident, attempted burglary, criminal mischief theft, and criminal trespassing charges.
According to sources, the victim was turning onto Highway 219 when he was struck by the speeding car. There were no other passengers in either vehicle and no other injuries were reported. The highway was closed for a few hours because of the accident.
The accident was tragic news for the family of the victim. Losing a loved one as a result of an accident is devastating. The accused person is currently being detained at the Washington County Jail until bail is posted. There is a possibility of additional charges being pressed but police are still investigating whether the accused person or the victim committed any traffic violations. The man was charged with theft and burglary for actions committed while he was hiding from the police.
If convicted, the man may face a jail sentence and fines. Such penalties may affect his long-term financial prospects as well as his social standing in the local community. It is important for anyone accused of a felony to seek the help of a knowledgeable legal professional who can explain legal rights and provide the correct advice to help minimize penalties.