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Q: A citation has a code 40-6-272. What is that particular code here in Georgia?

While pulling a UHaul truck into a car wash, I barely made contact with an overhead PVC pipe on a chain that displayed the height 8' 6". It fell to the ground and broke. It was after hours and didn't have pen and paper to leave a note or an after hours number. I knew the car wash owner so I intended to come back the next day and pay for the damage. So I left to return the UHaul . There was no damage to UHaul and told them I tapped a PVC . They inspected the truck and said it didn't hurt the truck. The next day before I could get back to the car wash I got a call from the Woodstock city police . They wanted me to come in for a hit and run. I turned myself in and was arrested. I told them I was going to pay for the pipe and they didn't listen. I got out with cash bail 5 hours later.I received a citation for striking a fixed object code40-6-272 and hit and run-NO Code on ticket. Should there be a code for the latter to understand what I'm being charged for? I've never been arrested 68 yr

1 Lawyer Answer
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I am sorry to hear about your situation.

In terms of your charges, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-272 refers to your duty to contact the owner of the car wash after striking the PVC pipe (i.e., a fixture). I am not aware of what statute would apply to a hit and run in your situation. Georgia does have a hit and run statute but it is limited to accidents resulting in injury (or death) of any person or in damage to a vehicle. O.C.G.A. 40-6-270. That statute would not apply to you since you hit a fixture, not a person or vehicle.

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