At around 1:30 A.M. on Sunday March 10th, the Las Vegas Police were called out to the scene of an accident on Centennial Parkway and Bruce Street. When they arrived, they discovered a Hyundai Sonata fully engulfed in a car fire.

Responders from the North Las Vegas Fire Department rushed to put out the fire, and that’s when they discovered a body inside of the car. Unfortunately, the person inside was declared deceased. There was only one occupant found in the Hyundai, and their identity has not yet been made public.

Investigators also found another vehicle at the scene – a 2020 Dodge Challenger. This vehicle appeared to have heavy front-end damage. After analyzing the damage to both cars, investigators pieced together what they believe happened early on Sunday. According to their report, they believe the driver of the Challenger was heading westbound on Centennial Parkway. While nearing Bruce Street, authorities suspect the Challenger was speeding.

When the Sonata stopped, the Challenger didn’t have enough time to hit the brakes. It slammed into the other vehicle. The impact, police believe, immediately caused the Sonata to catch fire.

Authorities think there were multiple occupants in the Dodge Challenger. After the accident, it’s believed that all the suspects fled on foot. Police also believe that impairment may have contributed to the decision to flee the scene.

What are the Consequences of a Hit and Run in Las Vegas?

It’s a crime in every state to flee the scene of an accident, especially when that accident caused property damage or injuries. In Las Vegas, if you are involved in a crash that ultimately leads to an injury or death, then you will face substantial consequences if convicted. You could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

As if that wasn’t rough enough, you’ll also likely be ordered to pay fines of up to $5,000, serve out time on probation after your release, and of course, have your license revoked. Your charges will be considered a felony, which means you’ll suffer life-altering consequences if convicted. You could lose the right to vote, possess a firearm, or ever hold public office.

What’s more, you could face separate hit-and-run charges for every person that gets injured or passes away.

Under the law in Nevada, you should always stop your vehicle at the scene of the crash and remain at the scene until you’ve arranged for medical care for anyone injured. If you’re involved in a hit-and-run that doesn’t lead to any injuries, then your actions will still be considered a crime, but it will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

If you were involved in a recent accident and you made the decision to flee, then you may be wondering what your best legal options are. Here at LV Criminal Defense, our team of skilled defense attorneys can help you determine the best way to navigate what happened.

Schedule a meeting with our firm now to discuss your accident in more detail with our team.