A new hit-and-run incident has been reported, and for once it’s not Lindsay Lohan or some other youthful actress involved in the accident. In this case, it’s 65-year-old country singer Emmylou Harris.
The report, which emerged on Saturday, said that Harris hit a car on a Los Angeles freeway and then left the scene.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ on Saturday that Emmylou Harris was driving a rental car on the 405 Freeway on Oct. 1. when she struck a car. She allegedly left the scene without exchanging info. Reportedly, she did not even stop.
According to the sources, the California Highway Patro has opened a hit-and-run investigation after the other driver filed a report. Fortunately for the victim, he must have gotten the license plate info, which the CHP used to track down Harris’ rental car.
The investigation is now complete — which is how it hit the media — and the file has sent to the district attorney who will decide if the country music legend should be prosecuted.
What’s interesting is that a representative for Harris admitted that the singer was involved in a “minor traffic accident,” adding “she [Harris] unintentionally rubbed bumpers with another vehicle.” The rep said that Harris didn’t realize the cars made contact so she left the scene.
The rep stated that the incident was a “garden-variety accident that happens everyday on the 405,” and that Harris has turned the matter over to her insurance company. It’s unclear how Harris didn’t realize the cars made contact, when the rep says she has turned the matter over to her insurance company.
According to California state law,
the driver of any motor vehicle that has been involved in an accident or collision, regardless of the level of seriousness or extent of injury, must stop, find the owner of the damaged property and produce his or her driver documentation.
The vehicle codes involved in California are:
Vehicle Code Section 20002 – When an accident results only in property damage (including motor vehicles), the driver must stop and locate owner or person in charge and exchange driver documentation. If owner of damaged property cannot be located, the driver is not permitted to leave the scene of the accident until the following actions have been completed:
- Leave a note with facts surrounding the case and driver documentation information.
- Report the accident to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) or local police.
Vehicle Code Sections 20001, 20003, and 20004 – Any accident that involves injury or death mandates the driver to perform all actions included in Section 20002 plus render reasonable assistance to the injured party or parties.
Harris would be in violation of Vehicle Code Section 20002, in this case.