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Driver Injures Two in Hit-and-Run Accident

Jasjit Mundh2 years ago

A driver who struck an Odessa couple this Saturday needs to be identified, according to police.

About the Hit-and-Run Accident

According to KWTX, Todd Ploen was pushing his girlfriend, 31, in her wheelchair around 11 p.m. Saturday night when they were hit.

The couple was returning from grocery shopping. Both are in critical condition at Medical Center Hospital.

The driver, who was in a black car that had square tail lights, needs to be identified. Police are asking the public for their help.

Neighbors say they are petitioning to put in speed bumps or pedestrian walking signs because of the accident.

Motor Vehicle Accident Facts

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 15,470 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first half of 2013 in the US.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation states in 2013:
    • 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 36 seconds
    • 1 reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds
  • 232,041 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • Failure to stop and render aid in an accident involving serious bodily injury or death is a second-degree felony. It is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

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