OPD: seeing a dramatic increase in hit and runs

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Odessa Police are seeing an increase in hit and runs.

This year the department has investigated about 250 more hit and runs than last year.

Police said its just another effect of the boom.

“The more people that move here, the more people we have here, the more accidents we have and so its just a chain reaction. Its something we have experienced in the past so its something that we are used to,” said CPL. Steve LeSueur, Spokesman for OPD.

In 2017, from January to September, OPD investigated 450 hit and runs.

Odessa has already passed that in 2018, with a total of 699 hit and runs.
 
“Whether someone hits a pedestrian, a fixed object, a vehicle whether its moving or parked– that is considered a hit and run,” said LeSueur, “hit and runs regardless of if its on private property or public property, if we have evidence then we will complete a report but its important to know that we do have a hit and run investigator here at OPD and he is extremely busy especially now.”

LeSueur said when the investigator has no luck finding the driver, that’s when he takes to social media asking the public for help.

“The best thing you can do is obtain the license plate number and report it to dispatch immediately, try to get any credible evidence such as a company name on the vehicle whether its ont he front, side or back. See if there is surveillance footage or any other witnesses,” said LeSueur.

LeSueur said the department is prepared for hit and run numbers to climb right along side the population.

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