To The Jerk in the black Tahoe who backed into the Ford Focus in the Kroger parking lot on April 30th around 4 pm. Smile you were on Kroger camera. Lets see leaving the scene of an accident... Doesn't sound to good to me. Man you take a great picture. Before I turn the tape over to the police I would urge you to come to Kroger and talk to me otherwise I'll let the police handle it.....
.....Let the police handle it anyways... lol the chances of that person being on KU is slim to none. Firstly I hope you're alright! But I do hope you find the person! Situations like that are never fun. :(
Isn't that private property? The police can't help you but you might be able to get the information of the owner and contact them or maybe your insurance company could track down the owner from the licence plate number??
#1) Yes they do. I can confirm they do from personal experience as a police dispatcher and my own personal experience of a lady hitting my car in the HEB parking lot. Although I was a little shocked that I convinced the guy to write a full report because most HPD officers refer you to the "blue form" for your insurance companies to work it out. She was being an idiot though so that helped me out.
(back to the point...)
#2) Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime and can be an arrestable offense but the person will most likely receive a ticket and court date.
They would only arrest someone if the vehicle hit had people that were injured in it. Failure to exchange information is all the person would be charged with and that's a ticket. If you leave and a person that was hit is injured then they could be charged with failure to stop and render aid which is a felony. I know from personal experience of being in a hit by a drunk driver on 1960 that fled the scene, I was hurt really bad and all he got was probation even with a dozen previous dwi convictions!
"They would only arrest someone if the vehicle hit had people that were injured in it. Failure to exchange information is all the person would be charged with and that's a ticket."
No, it's a class B Misdemanor.
"police don't handle accidents in parking lots " Wrong, yes they can work parking lot wrecks, HPD is too lazy to do it. I had a hit and run occur in the same parking lot a year or so back. HPD at first refused to show up until I pitched a fit and nearly cursed out a dispatch sergeant. I ended up doing all the work myself and by using the Kroger surveillance video, I was able to get a clear shot of the face of the driver walking out if the store and the company name on the truck. I made a surprise visit to the company the next day (out of uniform of course) My car got fixed :)
If you're counting on the police to help you, forget it. Not going to happen. My friends car got broken into, cops said call your insurance. My sons truck got the windows smashed, we had witnesses and they knew the guy who did it, nothing.
If the damage is less than it will cost to get an attorney, this will go nowhere. Sad but true.......pathetic really!
"Like I said, if a person is INJURED then it is upgraded to a felony charge, it is a misdemeanor if nobody is hurt and that charge is failure to exchange information. "
There are 3 levels of misdemeanors. Class C, which is a traffic ticket. Class B which can land you in jail up to 180 days and a $2000 fine. Class A is up to 1 year in jail and up to $4000 in fines. As I said, Fail to Stop and Give Information is a Class B, it is not a traffic ticket, unless the damage to the vehicle is less than $200, which almost never happens.