June 8, 2011 – Indianapolis, Ind. – The man who seriously injured a pedestrian in a hit and run back in January pleaded guilty in court on Monday. According to a report atWISH TV 8, the driver was facing charges of failing to stop at an injury accident and being a “habitual traffic offender.”
This case was in the news earlier this week when the victim expressed outrage that the driver was offered a plea deal in the case. The charges stem from a serious accident on New Year’s Day. The victim, a 33-year-old woman, was hit by an SUV after she got out of her car on the shoulder of 16th Street. The driver of the SUV, a 49-year-old man from Indianapolis, did not stop after the accident. Police arrested him several days after the crash.
The victim suffered severe injuries that required more than a dozen surgeries. Her legs were so mangled that both limbs were amputated above the knee. Authorities say the driver faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, even though he has been arrested at least 6 times for alcohol and traffic violations. The victim believes the punishment does not fit the crime.
As a service to the residents of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in Indiana that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Common Indianapolis accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- accidents caused by distracted drivers or aggressive driving.
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