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42-4-1603. Duty to give notice, information, and aid.


(1) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to, serious bodily injury to, or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give the drivers name, the drivers address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving and shall upon request exhibit his or her drivers license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with and where practical shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if the carrying is requested by the injured person.

(2) In the event that none of the persons specified are in condition to receive the information to which they otherwise would be entitled under subsection (1) of this section and no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in such accident after fulfilling all other requirements of subsection (1) of this section, insofar as possible on the drivers part to be performed, shall immediately report such accident to the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority as required in section 42-4-1606 and submit thereto the information specified in subsection (1) of this section.


Source: L. 94: Entire title amended with relocations, p. 2400, 1, effective January 1, 1995.


Editors note: This section is similar to former 42-4-1403 as it existed prior to 1994, and the former 42-4-1603 was relocated to 42-4-1803.


Annotators note. Since 42-4-1603 is similar to 42-4-1403 as it existed prior to the 1994 amending of title 42 as enacted by SB 94-1, relevant cases construing that provision have been included with the annotations to this section.

Same conduct covered by this section and 42-4-1401. Sentencing a defendant under 42-4-1401 unconstitutionally denies him equal protection, because that section and this section set different penalties for the same conduct. People v. Mumaugh, 644 P.2d 299 (Colo. 1982) (decided prior to 1983 repeal of subsection (3)).

The distinction, if any, between directly involved in an accident ( 42-4-1401) and involved in an accident (this section) is one without a sufficiently pragmatic difference to permit an intelligent and uniform application of the law. People v. Mumaugh, 644 P.2d 299 (Colo. 1982) (decided prior to 1983 repeal of subsection (3)).

This section and 42-4-1601 require a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident to identify himself or herself as the driver. Unless the fact is reasonably apparent from the circumstances, the driver has an affirmative duty to identify that he or she was the one driving the motor vehicle. People v. Hernandez, 250 P.3d 568 (Colo. 2010).

Sufficient evidence to support defendants conviction for leaving the scene of an accident. Sufficient evidence was presented to allow the jury to conclude that defendant (1) was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident; (2) did not affirmatively identify himself as the driver before leaving the scene of the accident; (3) did not render reasonable assistance to his passengers; and (4) did not report the accident to the police before law enforcement arrived. People v. Medrano-Bustamante, 2013 COA 139, 412 P.3d 581, affd in part and revd in part on other grounds sub nom. Reyna-Abarca v. People, 2017 CO 15, 390 P.3d 816.

Applied in Lumbardy v. People, 625 P.2d 1026 (Colo. 1981); Stewart v. United States, 716 F.2d 755 (10th Cir. 1982).