(KHQ) – A Spokane teen is recovering after he says he was hit by a car. But it what he says the driver did afterward that left his mother confused and furious.
13-year-old Jacob Jepsen says just before 7pm Sunday he was on his way home from a friend’s house when he was hit by a car in North Spokane at Nevada and Rowan. Jacob fell to the ground and the driver got out of his vehicle… but then Jacob says the driver, who identified himself only as “Kyle”, did something strange. He loaded Jacob into his car and drove Jacob home.
Jacob suffered injuries to his hip and knee, but his mom is most concerned about his head, after Jacob developed concussion-type symptoms over the last couple days. Jacob’s mom, Nancy Jepsen, went back to Nevada and Rowan on Monday to look for any piece of information that could lead her to the driver who hit her son. There are no cameras there, and now she’s worried it’s already too late to find anything. Nancy says this is a painful reminder for parents to talk to their kids about what to do if they’re involved in an accident.
And her message to “Kyle”: “Do the right thing. You should have checked up on the kid.”
Spokane Police say they are investigating the hit and run, but they don’t have much to go on.
Steps to take if you get hit by a car
1. Stay Calm and Move Out of the Street
This is pretty self-explanatory. You don’t want to make a bad situation worse by getting into, or causing, another crash
2. Keep the Driver There
Even if you think you’re unharmed, do not let the driver leave. Peter Wilborn, a Charleston-based personal injury lawyer and founder of BikeLaw, a national network of bicycle and pedestrian attorneys, says it’s incredibly common to think you’re basically OK and shake off a driver, only to later find out you’ve got a broken wrist, rib, or worse.
3. Call the Police and Wait for Them
You need to file an accident report at the scene of the accident.
4. Collect the Driver’s Information and Take Tons of Photos
While you wait for the police to arrive, get all the driver’s basics, as you would in the event of an auto collision: Driver’s license, insurance information, license plate number. Then use your phone and snap pictures of everything else: you, your bike, the car, the plates, the traffic light, the intersection, the street signs—anything you see. Most of these snapshots probably won’t end up being useful, but some could. If you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, there might be a misplaced sign or a hard-to-see traffic light that could help your case. One thing not to do: Tweet about it. Experts say social media posts near the time of the crash could make you seem negligent, in the event a lawsuit becomes necessary.
5. When the Police Come, Make Your Voice Heard
Give the officer a complete account of what happened, from your perspective. Research of police reports from auto/pedestrian or auto/cyclist crashes says that close to 40 percent did not include a statement from the non-driver involved.
Steps to take when you witness someone else get hit
First, check immediately to see if the person hit needs medical assistance. Then, help the cyclist/pedestrian follow steps 1-5 above and try to be a calming presence. Make sure the driver sticks around, call the police, collect the driver’s insurance information, and be prepared to give your account of what happened to police.