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Hit and Run Accidents on the Rise in Tri-Cities

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Officers want you to know you'll face harsh penalties if you leave the scene of an accident. Officers want you to know you'll face harsh penalties if you leave the scene of an accident.

PASCO, WA -- NBC Right Now is calling attention to the number of hit and run accidents in the area recently. Officers want you to know you'll face harsh penalties if you leave the scene of an accident.

At Lewis Street and 20th Avenue a woman died from a hit and run accident on Sunday. That's just one of several hit and run accidents in the Tri-Cities in recent weeks.

Just Tuesday a driver caused an accident on I-182 going the wrong way and then left.

In Pasco alone, police say there are 278 reports of hit and runs this year. That ranges from parking lot door dings to seriously injuring a person.

Officers say the number of hit and runs is increasing in recent years.

"More likely than not, somebody caught it and is going to give us the information, at lease a license plate or some type of lead, which will lead us to catch somebody. When they're at the scene of the collision, they're going to get a traffic infraction, where as opposed to a criminal gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor violation," said Officer Jonathan Davis, Pasco Police Department.

Davis says hit and run charges are very serious, especially if there is vehicle damage or injuries. Depending on the situation, the driver could face several years behind bars.

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