Could passengers in Dallas crash linked to Rashee Rice face charges for leaving scene? – The Dallas Morning News

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While officers are still working to determine who was involved in Saturday’s multivehicle crash, possibly connected to Kansas City Chiefs player Rashee Rice, experts say it is unlikely passengers would face charges for leaving the scene.

On Saturday, police responded to a crash in the 6600 block of North Central Expressway. A police spokeswoman said a Chevrolet Corvette and a Lamborghini were speeding when they lost control and caused “a chain reaction collision involving four other vehicles.”

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According to police reports and dashboard-camera footage, the occupants of those two vehicles left without providing their information or offering assistance to other people. While it is still unclear who was driving each vehicle or why they left the scene, the drivers could be charged for failing to stop.

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Per Texas legal code, the person operating the vehicle is required to immediately stop at or return to the scene of the accident when the accident could result in injury. They are then required to provide “reasonable assistance” to any injured person and share their information with the other motorists. If the vehicles are not able to be safely driven or if anyone is injured, the driver is also required to report the event to local law enforcement.

The statute does not appear to lay out any duties for passengers, and lawyers said they are not aware of any specific duties for passengers after a collision.

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“My understanding of the law is that [passengers] are free to leave the scene if they wish to do so,” said Daragh Carter, a personal injury lawyer with Smith & Hassler in Houston.

A police call sheet obtained by The News confirmed law enforcement were searching for Rice, who was listed as the suspected driver of one of the vehicles. An attorney for a Dallas-based rental-car company said Rice rented the Lamborghini and was the only person allowed to drive it, per the contract. The Corvette is also believed to be owned by or registered to Rice.

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As of Tuesday, Rice had retained counsel and said via his lawyer that he was cooperating with Dallas police. Police representatives clarified they had been in contact with legal representatives but had not yet interviewed any “potentially involved individuals.” No suspects have been identified.

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