A bill currently working through the Texas legislature may convince those who have committed a hit and run to reconsider their actions. Senate Bill 275 aims to increase the penalty for anyone who fails to stop and render aid following an auto accident. The bill was passed unanimously on April 2nd by the Texas Senate and is awaiting approval by the House of Representatives before being signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
The bill was introduced by State Senator Kirk Watson of Austin. Watson’s motivation comes from the death of 30-year old Courtney Griffin after having been fatally struck by Gabrielle Nestande, a legislative aide. In February of 2012, Nestande was convicted of negligent homicide and was sentenced to ten years of probation with a $10,000 fine. Of those ten years, six months must be served in jail. This is not the first bill of this type to be introduced. House Bills 72 and 2229 were both introduced by Congressmen Allen Fletcher and Gene Wu, respectfully.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run driver, contact a McAllen personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.