Misdemeanor Hit and Run, VC 20002
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Misdemeanor Hit & Run (Property Damages)
Vehicle Code § 20002. If the defendant merely caused property damage before fleeing the scene
of the accident, the crime is a misdemeanor.
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in
damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the
vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise
jeopardize the safety of other motorists. Moving the vehicle in accordance
with this subdivision does not affect the question of fault. The driver
shall also immediately do either of the following:
(1) Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of that property of
the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle involved and,
upon locating the driver of any other vehicle involved or the owner or
person in charge of any damaged property, upon being requested, present
his or her driver's license, and vehicle registration, to the other
driver, property owner, or person in charge of that property. The information
presented shall include the current residence address of the driver and
of the registered owner. If the registered owner of an involved vehicle
is present at the scene, he or she shall also, upon request, present his
or her driver's license information, if available, or other valid
identification to the other involved parties.
(2) Leave in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or other property damaged
a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the
owner of the vehicle involved and a statement of the circumstances thereof
and shall without unnecessary delay notify the police department of the
city wherein the collision occurred or, if the collision occurred in unincorporated
territory, the local headquarters of the Department of the California
(b) Any person who parks a vehicle which, prior to the vehicle again being
driven, becomes a runaway vehicle and is involved in an accident resulting
in damage to any property, attended or unattended, shall comply with the
requirements of this section relating to notification and reporting and
shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalties of this section
for failure to comply with the requirements.
(c) Any person failing to comply with all the requirements of this section
is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished
by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine
not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.