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Hit-and-run driver identified through video and social media

A North Carolina woman made national headlines following a hit-and-run "accident" that turned out not to be such an accident after all.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested by Wilmington Police after tips from the public led to her identity and location. According to the police, the victim of the hit-and-run crash was simply walking along Rutledge Drive with another person. That other person, who is the father of the 22-year-old's four children, was the apparent target of the attack. While he was able to duck out of the way before being hit, the other pedestrian -- another woman -- was not, and she was left with multiple injuries.

The hit-and-run crash was actually caught on a nearby camera. However, in a rather shocking turn of events, the driver went home and posted a photo of herself leaning on her damaged Hyundai Elantra to social media. She was ultimately charged with driving without a license and assault with a deadly weapon, among other things, once the police caught up to her.

While these kinds of events are hardly usual, this case helps illustrate the power of social media and the internet these days. Many hit-and-run accidents are solved due to things like security cameras that happened to be aimed in the right direction at the time of an accident combined with public involvement and good police investigative work.

If you're the victim of a hit-and-run, don't assume that your ability to claim compensation for your injuries is a lost cause. Follow through with the appropriate steps that you should take following any motor vehicle accident. Call the police immediately and contact an attorney to learn more about your options.

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