Court: Hit-and-run car accidents must involve two vehicles

Court: Hit-and-run car accidents must involve two vehicles

A handicapped parking sign near a Boise church is damaged by an auto accident in June of 2012.

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 5:56 PM

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Should the legal definition of 'leaving the scene of an accident' involve two or more cars?

BOISE -- The Idaho Court of Appeals says at least two cars must be involved for someone to be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

The court sided with Richard W. Wright, who in 2009 slid off an icy northern Idaho road and knocked over a speed-limit sign before continuing on to work.

Police charged him with misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident, and Wright paid a $200 fine, served two days on a work program and had his license suspended for a year.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Tuesday the appellate court overturned Wright's conviction, saying the charge of leaving the scene of an accident applies to multicar collisions, not to a single car bumping a sign.

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