HB118 - LEAVING THE SCENE OF A SERIOUS PHYSICAL - Marble, Gary
HB118 CRIME TO LEAVE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.
Sponsor: Marble, Gary (130) Effective Date:00/00/00
CoSponsor: LR Number:0160-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CRIMINAL LAW
HB118
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COMMITTEE

HB 118 -- LEAVING THE SCENE OF A SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY

SPONSOR:  Marble

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Criminal
Law by a vote of 14 to 0.

This bill creates the crime of leaving the scene where a serious
physical injury or death has occurred due to an accident or
negligence of that person without identifying himself or herself
to the nearest law enforcement officer, medical personnel, or
police station.  It is not a crime for the person to leave the
scene of the incident to obtain medical assistance, to contact
law enforcement authorities, or when the victim requests that no
assistance be given. Leaving the scene of a serious physical
injury is a class A misdemeanor, except that it is a class D
felony if the person has pled to or been found guilty of a prior
leaving the scene violation.

The bill also authorizes certified peace officers and reserve
peace officers to investigate and make arrest for persons
leaving the scene after causing serious physical injury or
death.  In addition, the Conservation Commission is authorized
to make similar investigations and arrests involving hunting
accidents as defined by the bill.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the legislation requires an
individual at the scene of an accident involving serious
physical injury to render aid or to seek help.  In short, the
legislation will help to save lives.

Testifying for the bill were  Representative Marble; Department
of Conservation; Sheriff Newton County; Missouri Victim
Assistance Network; Conservation Federation of Missouri; and
Joe, a mother of a victim.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Michael Warrick, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 118 -- Leaving The Scene of a Serious Physical Injury

Sponsor:  Marble

This bill creates the crime of leaving the scene where a serious
physical injury or death has occurred due to an accident or
negligence of that person without identifying himself or herself
to the nearest law enforcement officer, medical personnel, or
police station.  It is not a crime for the person to leave the
scene of the incident to obtain medial assistance, to contact
law enforcement authorities, or when the victim requests that no
assistance be given. Leaving the scene of a serious physical
injury is a class A misdemeanor, except that it is a class D
felony if the person has pled to or been found guilty of a prior
leaving the scene violation.

The bill also authorizes certified peace officers and reserve
peace officers to investigate and make arrest for persons
leaving the scene after causing serious physical injury or
death.  In addition, the Conservation Commission is authorized
to make similar investigations and arrests involving hunting
accidents as defined by the bill.


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