Hit-and-Run Driver Booked for Felony in Jefferson County Jail
The Jefferson County police have booked Daniel J. Hyde, 47, for a hit-and-run accident. Hyde hit a construction worker on interstate 59/20 on Sept 29, Sunday. The accident took place near the Alabama Adventure amusement park exit. The hit-and-run driver booked for a felony in Jefferson county.
The victim was Sammy Stuart Blankenship who was working at a construction site at the time. Blankenship was walking at the rear of a construction vehicle when Hyde’s car drove through the orange barriers and hit him. Instead of stopping and helping the victim, Hyde exit the car, looked at the damage and then drove away. Fleeing the scene of an accident with injury or death is a Class C felony in Alabama. Blankenship was rushed to the UAB hospital where he succumbed to the injuries and was pronounced dead by the hospital authorities.
A deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was present at the site of the accident. As Hyde fled the scene of the accident, the sheriff followed him. He was apprehended soon after he left the interstate. Formal charges against Hyde were brought by the sheriff’s office this Tuesday. He is currently facing charges of felony and has been released on a $10,000 bail.
Friends of family of the accident victim, Blankenship, mourn his loss. Many remember him as someone who was always there to help out others. Blankenship was employed by Dunn Construction at the time of the accident. He had been working for the same firm for nearly 20 years.
The charges for a Class C felony in Alabama include a prison sentence of at least a year and a day, up to a maximum prison time of 10 years. A Class C felony can also result in fines of up to $15,000. Other penalties can be imposed by a judge if any other criminal statutes apply to the case.
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