I have written on many different topics on this blog. Many of those stories were sad or tragic, but when it comes to disturbing, few will top this one. In an effort to cover whatever offense he had caused, a father left his five-month-old son face down and bleeding in the middle of the road.
The accident occurred around 10:30 pm in Montgomery County, Texas. The wreckage, which can be seen in the USA Today report, was enough to stir heart strings, as the car was left upside down on the side of the road, but what the authorities found upon their arrival was truly awful.
The father, who had not been found as of July 21, is accused of abandonment and likely leaving the scene of an accident. According to reports, the parents of the child had a dispute, after which the father took the child and sped away in the Ford Fusion. The baby was ejected from the car on impact. He was found 20 feet from the car and was face down in the road.
The father, most likely in an effort to escape the mother and the likelihood of jail time, left the baby and sped away in another car before authorities arrived.
Obviously, cases like this are not common, but hit and runs are. Unfortunately, all too often, people will run from Tampa auto accidents for fear of being arrested or facing financial consequences.
In Florida, the law states that it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident when physical damage has been done to another person or another person’s property. When it is property in question, the driver must leave name, address, and registration information. If the owner of the property is not accessible, then the driver is responsible for contacting the authorities.
When another person has been injured, as was the case in Texas, Florida considers it a felony punishable as a Level 5 offense to leave the scene. The accused could face five years of jail time, five years of probation, and a fine of up to $5,000. In the case discussed above, Texas laws will apply and the man in question will likely receive additional punishment for abandoning his child.