A Largo resident by the name of Jennifer Lynn Betterly is learning two difficult lessons: one on the value of patience and a second on how the legal system works. Betterly has been arrested on charges ranging from driving with a suspended license to battery, and all of them are being compounded by the fact that Betterly fled the scene of her alleged crimes.
Jennifer Lynn Betterly is under suspicion of having lost patience with the driver ahead of her in the drive through of a local fast food restaurant before repeatedly ramming her vehicle into the one ahead of her. The vehicle identified with this incident then fled the scene and was later located in Betterly’s possession, along with an Ambien pill and, one can’t help but imagine, a lot of regret.
How Much Worse Is Leaving the Scene of an Accident?
The short answer is much worse, but the long answer is that fleeing the scene of an automotive crime, be it accidental or intentional, in the State of Florida where Jennifer Lynn Betterly is soon to appear before the courts is a third degree felony offense in instances of injury and a first degree felony offense in cases of death. This means that the charges of leaving the scene of the automobile accident alone carry a potential punishment of up to five years in prison.
While accidents do happen and even worse happens every day at the hands of such characters as Betterly, leaving the scene of an accident is always a terrible idea. If you are involved in any automotive incident, remain both calm and at the scene of the incident, file a police report, and consult legal representation.
Any attempt to flee an accident will only harm you in the long run, but if your emotions get the best of you and you mistakenly leave the scene of an accident, call an attorney immediately. The court is made of people and being afraid is not the same thing as being a criminal.