If a superstar hit your car and then called you names, would you ask the court to let him off easy? Perhaps it is because the accident was minor with negligible damage – $868 worth – that the driver involved in an accident with Chris Brown decided to ask a Los Angeles court to dismiss her charges against him. But the court may be reluctant to do so. Brown has been charged with misdemeanor hit and run (he left the scene of the accident) and driving without a license.
According to the police report, Brown rear-ended the woman in Los Angeles. After she took a picture of him and his girlfriend to document the accident, Brown yelled at her, saying things like, “Who do you think you are b___h?” Then he got into his car drove away. It was only later that a private investigator came to the woman’s house and gave her Brown’s name, date of birth, address and contact information.
Brown contests, however, that he did not “hit and run” because he got out of the car and exchanged information. If it is true that he exchanged information at the crash (and not after leaving the scene), then he is probably correct. He expects all charges to be dismissed, including probation violation charges related to the crash.
Minor car accidents are one thing, but what if Brown had caused the woman significant injury. Would the scenario be any different? Probably.
In injury-causing accidents, if a person leaves the scene of the accident without attending to an injured person and leaving information, he or she can face felony criminal charges. Furthermore, the woman could bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for her injuries and, through punitive damages, hold him accountable for his actions at the scene of the collision.
Learn more about hit-and-run accident claims by visiting our page on car accidents.
Source: CNN Entertainment, “Judge revokes Chris Brown’s probation,” Alan Duke, July 15, 2013