Authorities are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in Mercedes on, Thursday, May 10th.
Details About the Accident
Around 3 p.m., Thursday afternoon, a two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Texas Avenue and West Frontage in Mercedes. One woman died, and three other individuals were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
According to witnesses, one of the vehicles involved in the crash was seen leaving the scene. A person of interest has since been placed in custody.
Hit-and-Run Deaths are on the Rise
In 2013, Texas lawmakers passed Bill SB 275, which increases the seriousness of hit-and-runs by increasing the criminality of leaving the scene from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony. The adjustment increased the maximum punishment of fatal hit-and-run crashes from five years to 20 years, equivalent to being sentenced for intoxicated manslaughter.
Despite these efforts to create tougher punishment for those attempting to flee the scene of a crash, hit-and-run accidents are still on the rise in Texas.
- According to the American Automobile Association, 2016 saw 2,049 deaths across the stemming from hit-and-run accidents.
- Texas ranks 8th among states that have the highest number of hit-and-run crashes.
- Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in all major cities with an average of 7.2 percent each year since, and pedestrians and bicyclists are often the victims.
- Over the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths could be attributed to hit-and-run crashes.
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