Proposal would increase penalties for leaving the scene of serious accidents

TIFFANY L. PARKS | Daily Reporter
Published: 03/03/2014

A Zanesville lawmaker has introduced a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would increase the penalties for failure to stop after an accident when the offense results in death or serious physical harm.

House Bill 397, sponsored by Rep. Brian Hill, would bump such a penalty to a second-degree felony.

Under current law, failure to stop after an accident is generally a first-degree misdemeanor.

If the collision results in serious physical harm, the offense is increased to a fifth-degree felony.

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