Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss legislation he is sponsoring to raise the penalties for drivers who hit someone and flee the scene of an accident. The legislation would raise the penalties for hit and run crimes so that they are commensurate with charges faced by a drunk driver who causes physical injury or death and remains at the scene of the accident.
Under the legislation:
• Drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident would face class “C” felony charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
• Drivers who leave the scene of an accident which involved serious injury would face class “D” felony charges, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
• Drivers who leave the scene of an accident which involved property damage would face class “E” felony charges punishable by up to four years in prison.