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    Unhappy Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Tennessee

    - Sun afternoon, a 13yr old white girl (will be relevant) on a bike drives past another car in front of me (Car A, similar black sedan to mine) at a light intersection coming out of my apt complex.
    - Car A moves forward slowly & the girl meets & falls onto their hood. She gets off the hood, Car A reverses, I reverse, & she moves to speak at the window of Car A to the driver. I assume they're confirming that she is ok (seemed to be).
    - Girl moves her bike to the sidewalk. Car A takes a right & drives off. I pull forward & get out to ask her if she's ok & if she wants me to call a police/ambulance. She refuses, says she's that she's fine. I drive off.
    - I discover later the girl contacted her step-mom. Sends police, fire-trucks, ambulance.
    - Sat afternoon, the step-mother is driving thru my apt complex screaming, racial slurs ('n-word', I'm white!), threats. She stops at my car, takes pictures of it. I approach. She raves about the car being the one that hit her daughter and making threats. I tell her it's my car but I was only a witness, not the culprit. She keeps raving and eventually drives off. She even left a post-it note saying 'Hit & run mother f***ers! I'm watching you'.
    - Wed afternoon, I get a report saying I'm the hit-and-run culprit since my car looked like Car A. A witness IDs me/my car, and I'm unsure if the girl changed her story.

    What do I do? I don't have a dash-cam or other witness to the accident. I'm only a witness in this situation, but for some reason I'm the one being blamed for hitting this girl. I know now what I should've done, but now I'm regretting not staying, or taking pictures of Car A, writing the license plate number, etc.

    I've already filed a report against the step-mother, with witnesses to her threats. But that still leaves the hit-and-run report against me. I'm contacting the officer this morning who made the report to try to clear things up, but I don't know what else to do/say to affirm my innocence.

    I have a pristine driving record, work for the State, and need fast advice.

    Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated!

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    Probably call a lawyer

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    Where did you "get a report" that you have a hit and run charge?

    Get a lawyer BEFORE you call the officer. Sounds like a scam.

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    Quote Quoting helpfulperch
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    need fast advice.

    Any and all help would be sincerely appreciated!
    Don't talk to the cops. Don't talk to anybody else. If the police contact you, the ONLY thing you say is "I'm getting a lawyer." Nothing else. Not even "I didn't do it."

    Watch these:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GjCJ6Xqjg0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FENubmZGj8

    Call your insurance company's claims department right now. Not your agent. There should be a toll free number for claims in your policy papers. Report that you are being wrongly accused of causing an accident. You'll be assigned a claim rep who will investigate. In the unlikely event you get sued, your insurance will pay for a lawyer to defend you against any personal injury claim.

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    Quote Quoting pg1067
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    And like the comments. I need some cred over there.

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    Quote Quoting PayrolGuy
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    I need some cred over there.
    By the power vested in me as Super Moderator over there, I hereby award you cred from this day forward.

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    ^^^^^Like

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    ^^^^^^ Me Too

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    Default Re: Hit-And-Run Witness Being Blamed for Accident

    I think you need to probably call a lawyer.

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