- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill passed recently by the Ohio House would stiffen the penalties for failing to stop after a traffic accident that results in a person dying or being seriously injured.

Currently, motorists can be charged with a fifth degree felony if they fail to stop after an accident that seriously harms someone. The charge now rises to a third degree felony if the victim dies.

The House passed legislation this past Tuesday to increase both penalties to second degree felonies. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Rep. Brian Hill named the bill after a 15-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a motorist who fled the scene.

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