Though the vast majority of Illinois drivers are safe and careful, there are a select few whose decisions tend to defy any logical explanation. For starters, it’s hard to believe that someone without a valid driver’s license would elect to drive anyway – especially with a passenger in the vehicle. Furthermore, not only does it boggle the mind that such an individual would be careless enough to get into an auto accident without any other vehicles involved; but also that the person would try to flee the scene of the crash on foot – and leave the passenger behind.
Believe it or not, that’s pretty much what happened in Sangamon County last week. Early Tuesday morning around 1am, a 50-year old man who did not have a current driver’s license was driving a car on Iles Road west of Springfield about two miles north of Interstate 72. With a 48-year old female passenger riding with him, the man lost control of his car near the intersection of Emmerson Road, veered onto the right shoulder, slammed into a light pole, crashed through a fence, careened through a field, and stopped in a yard. Then, for some inexplicable reason, the man jumped out of the car and ran away on foot – leaving the woman injured outside the car. The victim was taken to an area hospital, and the man was eventually apprehended by police.
In some cases where a driver flees the scene of an auto accident, it can be challenging for authorities to identify him if no one actually saw him behind the wheel. But since the woman presumably could tell police who the driver was, he will almost certainly be held completely responsible for the single-vehicle crash and the injuries to the woman – who may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against him.