Harker Heights, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: What can happen to the passenger if someone ran another person over and that person died? Can the passenger be charged?

If someone commits a hit and run, with a passenger in the car, and the victim dies due the injuries, can the passenger have charges pressed against them?

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Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Whether the passenger can be charged depends, as in all cases, on the facts of the case. But yes, this can happen. Example: Passenger encourages driver to race the other car and when driver does this, his car hits the other car in the rear. Driver wants to stop and help the other person, but passenger screams at driver to run away so they won't get in trouble. This fact situation would almost certainly support charges against passenger.

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