California, like all other states, requires that the drivers who are involved in an accident stop at the scene or as soon as safely able. Those who do not stop and instead continue driving are guilty of a misdemeanor if there is property damage alone. If an injury or death is involved, the charge can be a felony. If the hit-and-run was committed while a person was driving under the influence, they will face both charges. If convicted, a person will have to serve both sentences and pay all associated fines and fees.
24/7 Headline reports on a man who is facing both DUI charges and charges related to a hit-and-run.
Officers responded to reports of an injured bicyclist at about 1:10 a.m. on July 31st at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Baker Avenue. A bystander discovered the man on the shoulder of the road and called for authorities.
Medical personnel arrived at the scene to find that the male had already succumbed to his injuries.
At about 2:35 a.m., officers responded to another call regarding a vehicle that was occupied that was suspicious. Upon arrival, they found damage consistent with the hit-and-run of the bicyclist. The driver, 31-year-old Julio Tapia, was found to have injuries to his head and face.
Authorities arrested Tapia on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and gross vehicular manslaughter.