A driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash, the Oregonian reports. Uriy Dudko, 20, killed Mitchell Vandoren, 25, when his SUV stalled and he stopped right in front Vandoren on a motorcycle. Vandoren died at the scene. Dudko was arrested after he fled the scene of the accident. He returned later to see the aftermath. When he did so, a Happy Valley police sergeant arrested him. He’s been specifically charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.
The charges could become more extensive if the investigation proves that there was intent behind the driver’s actions. More likely is some kind of civil action, perhaps for wrongful death, if this intent can be proved.
In any case, Dudko failed in his duty to the other driver, was arrested, and remains in jail.
Had he left and stayed away, he may not have been arrested. Perhaps Dudko’s curiosity got the best of him. Apparently he was visiting from Missouri.
It is imperative that drivers involved in accidents follow any instructions from the police or emergency medical personnel as precisely as possible. No one wants to be involved in an accident like this, but leaving the scene only complicates a very difficult situation. It is unclear what Dudko hoped to gain by leaving, and now at the very least, he must contend with the legal ramifications of failing to assist the other driver. As a party to an accident, the most important aspect is making sure you are alright. Secondly, after all this is done, you need to seek out legal representation, in case something from the accident needs to be litigated. Don’t be left flat-footed as the other party moves to secure its interests.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s recklessness, don’t just try to pick up the pieces. Compensation for your injuries may be possible. An experienced Portland personal injury attorney can discuss your case with you and get you headed in the right direction. Ed Kroll and company have been assisting people like you for years. The consultation is free. Call now to set up an appointment.