Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
A homeowner in Santa Fe, N.M., who tried to stop a hit-and-run driver, ended up shooting the man and getting injured himself. According to an Oct. 15 KRQE news report, officials say the homeowner tried to stop a driver who had just crashed into his new car and tried to leave a scene. The report states that the homeowner called 911 as he saw the suspect trying to pull a fender off his truck to keep it from dragging. When the homeowner yelled at the driver to get out of his truck, the hit-and-run suspect pulled out a knife and cut the homeowner in the face. The homeowner, in an attempt to defend himself, pulled out a gun and shot the driver, critically wounding him, the report states.
Although police say the homeowner should not have taken the law into his own hands, officials also tell KRQE that he had every right to defend himself when attacked. Police are still investigating and trying to determine if the driver was under the influence. The 67-year-old homeowner had to get several stitches in his cheek while the 33-year-old driver could be paralyzed as a result of the bullet hitting his spine, according to the report.
"Leaving the scene of an accident is not only illegal, but also an irresponsible and unethical act", says John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. “Drivers are required under the law to stop immediately at the scene of the crash, contact authorities and exchange information with the parties that are involved. Leaving the scene without doing any of the above is unacceptable.”
However, it is not advisable in such cases for victims to get confrontational with the hit-and-run driver, Bisnar says. “It is very difficult in these situations to determine what type of person you are dealing with. You don’t know if this individual is armed, if he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if they are dangerous. It is best in such cases to call 911 and wait for authorities to arrive and do their jobs. Chasing or following the suspects or getting into a fight can become dangerous.”
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