Last week, cycling champion Lance Armstrong reportedly pleaded guilty to charges connected to a hit-and-run accident last year in Aspen. Nobody was injured or killed in the crash, though there were property damages when Armstrong side-swiped two parked cars near a ski resort. Sources said Armstrong paid fines and court costs through the mail, and was able to avoid a public appearance.
Hit-and-run doesn’t always end so well for offenders, of course, particularly when somebody is injured or killed. Criminal charges for hit-and-run are an important part of the achieving justice for accident victims, but personal injury litigation can also be an important part of the picture.