Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury in Massachusetts is prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24(2)(a1/2(1). The Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently discussed in the case of Commonwealth v. Hector Rico, decided in December of 2020 what the Commonwealth would have to prove to obtain a conviction on this charge. The issue before the Court was whether the defendant had to know there was an accident and also have knowledge that someone suffered injury.
The Appeals Court found that the Commonwealth must establish the defendant’s knowledge on both elements of the offense.
The Leaving the Scene Statute states: Whoever operate a motor vehicle upon any way . . . And without stopping and making his known his name, residence and registration number of his motor vehicle, goes away after knowingly colliding with or otherwise causing injury to any person not result in death she be punished.