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Virginia Hit And Run Property Damage Charge – Virginia Lawyers

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Virginia Hit And Run Property Damage Charge – Virginia Attorneys

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Walter v. Commonwealth

Facts:

The driver sued by the passengers pled guilty to felony hit and run. The contribution statute, Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-34, was in derogation of the common law and had to be strictly construed. Assuming, without deciding, that felony hit and run, under Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-894, was a crime involving moral turpitude, the actions of the driver which raised his conduct to one involving moral turpitude occurred after the vehicles collided, and the passengers were injured and also caused damage to the property. Rather than finding that all of the driver’s actions, from driving to leaving the scene, were one continuous course of conduct, it was better to let the trier of fact decide if the driver’s conduct involved moral turpitude. The driver did not have to be at fault in causing the accident to be guilty of hit and run.

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • A person does not have to be at fault in causing an accident to be guilty of hit and run. The moral turpitude in hit and run, excluding contribution under Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-34, is mutually exclusive from a defendant’s allegedly negligent driving that resulted in the accident.
  • It is clear that under Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-34 contribution lies when the negligence of two or more wrongdoers (joint tortfeasors) cause an indivisible injury to one person. Contribution is available when the wrong results from negligence and involves no moral turpitude.

Virginia Hit And Run Property Damage Charge – Virginia Attorneys

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Article written by A Sris
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