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Sep 12, 2013 12:04 PM

Hit and Run Victim Says Police Did Not Respond

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A hit and run victim is speaking out today, because she says police would not help her when she called them not just once, but 3 times!

"If you hit somebody, if you don't stop, thats, it wrong, its morally wrong, its legally wrong, its just wrong all across the board," said the woman who would rather now show her face, for fear of retaliation.

It happened at Prescott and Tarlton last week, and it left her and her car pretty banged up.

She says at first the driver pulled over, then she saw the car speed off. So, she went with her knee jerk reaction and followed her.

"I said 'she's not getting away,' I mean, it was just immediate," said the woman. She followed her to a home on Shely and started to think twice about her decision.

"Once I got her blocked in her driveway, I was scared, I was real brave until I got her blocked in," the woman said.

So, she dialed 911 twice to ask for help.

"He said, 'well, then there's no need for a police report.' He said 'you all left the scene of the accident so we can't come out there,'" she told us. That's right, since she too left the scene, police wouldn't respond.

"I just couldn't believe this, when 911 wouldn't respond, I just couldn't believe it, like this isn't happening," said the woman.

She says what the driver did is a crime.

"Stop to fail and render aid, that's supposed to be automatic felony, automatic to go to jail. Now, no, I didn't need to be transported in an ambulance, but she didn't know that, she had no way of knowing that," the woman said.

"Its a violation of state law if you fail to stop and render aid after a collision," said chief Floyd Simpson.

He tells us it sounds like the hit and run driver may be in the wrong.

He says the best thing to do if you find yourself in that situation is stay put if you can.

"Try to get as much information as you can on the person, tag numbers, description of the car," Simpson said.

The woman says it was too dark and all happened too fast for her to do that. She's not sure if she made the right decision by following the other driver, but worries what kind of message this may send to drivers.

"If I get in a wreck and I know that if I pull off, I will suffer no repercussions, financially legally, then why the hell am I going to sit there, why the hell would I do it," she said.

We asked Simpson if you should follow a hit and run driver. "Well, if you can do so in a safe way, then yes, that helps us and while you're following absolutely call police," he said.

The woman tells us she finally made contact with the person she believes was driving the car.

They exchanged information but she has yet to file insurance claims and worries she may have trouble without a police report.


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