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HIT AND RUN LEGISLATION

February 11, 2005

"Stephen's Law" looks to close hit and run loophole

A loophole in a North Carolina law allows someone involved in an auto accident to switch drivers and escape the consequences of the hit-and-run law.

After a 27-year-old man died in a hit-and-run auto crash in 2003, his surviving parents have dedicated themselves to getting the hit-and-run law changed so that someone driving a car away from a wreck is held responsible.

A bill will be introduced in the General Assembly in a couple days that is being called "Stephen's Law". The proposed law would make the driver of a car or the passenger in a car involved in an accident that results in personal injury or death guilty of a felony if he/she drives the vehicle away from the scene. And it will make the person guilty of a misdemeanor if no personal injury was involved.

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