Instructions:

If the driver and/or the car and driver left the scene, check ‘yes’.

Definition:

Refers to cases where the vehicle or driver of the vehicle in transport is a contact vehicle in the crash and departs the scene without stopping to render aid or report the crash.

Rationale:

This element is important for uniformity, quality control, and identification purposes in reported motor vehicle crash statistics.

Example

FAQ

If there is no known information about the vehicle that Hit/Run, should the entire vehicle section be completed with ‘unknown’ entries?

In this case it’s ok to leave the fields empty.

Accuracy Checks

  • Hit/Run should not be entered for more than one vehicle in a crash; it is applicable only to the vehicle that left the scene.

Data Quality Audit Results

Report TypeAcceptableInconsistentInvalidEmpty
Local Police (electronic)1128.2%2871.8%
Local Police (paper)1538.5%2461.5%
State Police (electronic)457.1%342.9%
Total3035.3%5564.7%

The Hit/ Run field was found to be challenging for both police types, although less so for State Police reported crashes. Officers were confused about which vehicle the Hit/Run box should be checked for, and also how to complete information for the unknown driver/vehicle.