GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva has had a spate of hit-and-run accidents – involving injuries – this week. Note that it is illegal in Switzerland to leave the scene of an accident if there is the possibility someone is injured, and police must be called. These all involved young drivers, alcohol was a factor in at least some cases, but moral considerations aside, the drivers are in far greater trouble for running away.
If you’re involved in an accident or you witness one, please be sure to stay around, whether or not anyone appears to have been injured. Note license numbers and car descriptions for the police, and any other pertinent details. I was hit by a vehicle a couple of years ago and the other driver and his boss (who appeared after he was phoned by the other driver) blatantly lied to the police. But the three people who witnessed the accident didn’t stop; they could have set the record straight without much trouble on their part.
Two bikes hit from behind
Here’s what went on in Geneva.
Sunday 25 October, about 01:40, a car driven by a 27-year-old Swiss man hit two bicycles from behind, injuring a 19-year-old and a 16-year-old, both of them Swiss. The accident occurred on the Route de Grand-Lancy, heading towards Bernex; the driver was coming from Avenue des Communes-Réunies. The first cyclist, the older of the pair, fell and was slightly injured. The second cyclist was carried about 260 metres on the hood of the car before falling off and sustaining serious injuries.
The driver left the scene of the accident, but police questioned him in front of his home a few minutes later.
Pedestrian hit at Place de Bel-air
Also in the early hours of Sunday, about 02:05, a car coming from Quai Turrettini and on the rue des Moulins heading in the direction of Place de Bel-Air hit a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk. The pedestrian, age 17, fell and was slightly injured and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The driver, still unidentified, did not stop and left the scene.
Police are looking for witnesses to both accidents: please telephone the Road Safety Brigade at +41 22 427 6450.
Drunk, hit and run, back to the bar
The most disturbing case of hit and run occurred earlier in the week, Friday 23 October, at 15:00 near Place Neuve. A 29-year-old French woman hit a motorcyclist, who fell to the ground and sustained injuries. She didn’t stop, but instead drove to a nearby bar and went in for a drink. A witness, who was surprised by the loudness of the accident, followed her and alerted police, after noting her license plate. When police found her in the bar she was clearly drunk, with the breathalyzer test showing 1.41.