The crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death is a serious felony offense with long-term consequences. The law requires that a driver who has reason to believe that he/she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused the death of another person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and remain there to exchange personal information with the other driver or police, and to obtain aid for the deceased individual at the scene of the accident. A person who fails to follow these requirements by leaving the scene of the accident will be charged with the felony offense of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death. To be convicted of this offense, the defendant must have been a substantial cause of the other person’s death.
A conviction for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death will require a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. The typical sentence on a Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death in Washtenaw County is 5-7 years in prison. A long-term driver license revocation will also result from a conviction on this offense. Immobilization of the offending vehicle or forfeiture of the vehicle to the state may also be required.