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Driver goes from Alabama pageant spotlight to hit-and-run limelight

It takes a lot of nerve to hit the stage and try to convince people that you deserve to wear something like the Miss Alabama USA crown. A woman has to have confidence and courage to do that, right? What if that same woman, however, decided not to stop to help after she hit two victims with her car?

A 22-year-old Tuscaloosa woman was arrested recently for her alleged role in an Alabama hit-and-run that occurred last November. The face in the suspect's mug shot might look familiar to those who follow pageants since she got fifth place in the Miss Alabama USA pageant last year.

Authorities accuse the driver of having hit two pedestrians, ages 20 and 21, last November and then driving off, failing to render aid or report the accident to police. Neither of the hit-and-run victims died as a result of their injuries, but the crash did reportedly leave them seriously hurt.

Now that a criminal suspect has been identified, it is possible that the victims would want to seek justice on their own behalf through personal injury lawsuits. Hospital bills and missed work can cost accident victims a lot of money, money that they wouldn't have to come up with if it hadn't been for the negligence of a careless party.

When someone causes an accident and then drives away, it increases the risk that crash victims won't get the help that they need to survive. Fleeing the scene also limits the evidence that authorities can collect from a driver such as evidence that might indicate whether impaired driving played a role in an incident.

Our Alabama car accident attorneys have experience with hit-and-run cases and can help victims seek the damages that they need to move on with their lives.

Source: Tuscaloosa News, "Miss Alabama contestant charged in hit-and-run," Feb. 12, 2013

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