Hit-and-run motorist gets one-year jail
March 30 2016 09:57 PM


A motorist has been sentenced to one year in jail for running over a pedestrian and then escaping from the scene in his vehicle.
Local Arabic daily Arrayah reported on Wednesday that a Doha Criminal Court also ordered the defendant to pay a sum of QR200,000 as blood money for the legal inheritors of the victim. Besides, his driving licence was suspended by the court for three months.
According to the prosecution, the defendant was speeding when he ran over a pedestrian who was crossing the road.
The victim sustained severe injuries in the accident that led to his death, according to medical reports.
Further, the report said he did not stop to see what happened to the pedestrian or called for help for the victim but ran away instead.
The motorist was identified after a witness was able to provide his vehicle plate number. During the hearing, the motorist justified his escape by telling the court that he was afraid and did not know what to do in such circumstances.
But he admitted to running over the victim.

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