Bicyclist Dies After Hit-And-Run Collision In Lancaster
Hit and run accidents can happen to anyone, but they are not evenly distributed. The majority of accidents where the at fault driver leaves the scene before police arrive happen at night. Likewise, accidents that involve fatalities or severe injuries are more likely to involve hit and run. When you consider all collisions, a driver leaves the scene in 25 percent of accidents, but more than 80 percent of hit and run accidents involve fatalities. In other words, everyone knows that leaving the scene of an accident is against the law, especially if bodily injuries or fatalities are involved. People who leave the scene usually do so because they know that they are going to be in trouble with the law whether they stay or go. Is getting criminal charges for vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license, DUI, drug possession, violating probation, or some combination thereof really that much worse than getting criminal charges for all of the above plus leaving the scene of an accident? If you are the one injured in the hit and run accident, the reasons why the driver left the scene matter less to you than the fact that you are faced with serious injuries and enormous medical bills. If a driver left the scene of the accident after causing you serious injuries, contact a Columbia car accident lawyer.
Driver Who Allegedly Caused Fatal Collision Was Driving With a Suspended License
Before dawn on a Sunday morning in December 2022, Lamont Stewart was riding his bicycle on Springdale Road in Lancaster. As he approached Summit Avenue, a vehicle struck him and then left the scene. Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He was 59 years old. He is survived by his mother, his wife, his brother, his sister, his four sons and six daughters, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
At some point after the accident, law enforcement found the vehicle and the driver that they believe were the cause of the accident that claimed Stewart’s life. They identified the vehicle as a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck and the driver as Mackie Bryon of Lancaster. Deputies arrested Bryon, 30, on suspicion of reckless homicide, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
The case is still pending, and Bryon, like all defendants in criminal cases, is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of whether Bryon is convicted of a crime in connection with Stewart’s death, Stewart’s family has the right to seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.
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The personal injury lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you if you or a family member suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident where the at fault driver left the scene without stopping. Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.