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Hit and Run Could Result in Prison Sentence

July 29th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Sergio Nava, 51, was ordered to be held on $150,000 bond after being charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused an injury, driving without a license and several other traffic-related crimes.  The victim, whose name was not released by police, was left in critical condition with injuries that included brain hemorrhaging, as well as bruised lungs and fractured ribs.Nevawas driving a minivan. The 53 year old victim was on foot.

The Chicago Tribune reported that witnesses told police they saw Nava, in an attempt to go around another vehicle, swerve his van and hit the victim, who was walking his bicycle at the time. The impact of being hit with the van propelled the victim into the air. Neva drove off in his van but then turned around and drove by the scene again before permanently leaving the scene. Neva claims that he saw the victim fall but didn’t think he had hit him.

Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-401 states that the driver of a vehicle which is involved in an accident that results in the injury or death of a person must stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident. Failure to do so could result in a conviction which the state has classified as a Class 4 felony. The punishment for a conviction carries with it a prison term of one to three years. The court may also impose a fine of up to $25,000.

If you have been accused of leaving the scene of a crime, or any other serious crime, make sure that you retain the services of an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer. Our traffic attorneys will advise you on how to best avoid a conviction and the negative consequences that come with it. Contact us today!

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