It wasn’t the first time that Cynthia Parham had knocked over a person and fled the scene of the accident. She had a prior hit-and-run conviction back in 1983, and is now accused of another hit-and-run in Atlanta, that seriously injured an eight-year-old boy.
The most recent accident occurred on 10 May, when the victim was walking with his mother on a crosswalk at an intersection near interstate 285. Parham’s car struck the boy, and dragged him approximately 150 feet. He sustained serious life threatening injuries. Parham left the scene of the accident. Fortunately, witnesses at the scene were able to testify to police, and officers located the car at her home a short while later.
It now turns out that Parham has had several brushes with the law. She was convicted for hit-and-run back in 1983. She also served six months in prison on charges of burglary in 1982. She has also been involved in a whole bunch of other cases involving criminal trespass, forgery and simple assault. In 1995, she faced misdemeanor charges of being party to a crime, but that charge was later dismissed.
As Atlanta personal injury lawyers, we hope that the law is very tough with Parham this time around. An innocent little child is fighting for his life in a hospital because Parham couldn’t be bothered to follow traffic safety rules. Motorists are required to look for pedestrians on the crosswalk, and slow down in time to avoid pedestrians walking on the crosswalk. These are simple safety rules that don’t require great effort to follow. However, failure to adhere to these rules can mean catastrophic injuries to innocent pedestrians.