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Hit-and-run drivers think they can get away with it — and often do

Crime in America: an occasional series on myths and realities

July 3, 2014
By George J. Bryjak

Approximately 11 percent of motor-vehicle accidents in this country are hit-and-runs. These accidents range from minimal-damage "fender benders" to multiple-fatality incidents. Denver police reported 18,662 hit-and-runs in that city over a three-year period, an average of 17 a day. In Los Angeles, almost one of every two drivers flees the scene after a motor-vehicle collision. On average, 13 pedestrians die in motor-vehicle-related accidents every day, with one in five of these victims killed by hit-and-run drivers.



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