Landmark Case:

Sheldon v. State of Texas

January 30, 2003, Third Court of Appeals, Austin: This case involves failure to stop and render reasonable assistance. The Defendant was arguing with his girlfriend who jumped from the car while it was moving on a roadway. The Defendant went to a gas station and watched as emergency vehicles passed to go to the assistance of the girl. The courts determined that this incident fell within the scope of "an accident" sufficient to charge the Defendant with failure to stop and render reasonable assistance. Although his car had not been wrecked or collided with another car, the circumstances were determined to be sufficient for "an accident" requiring the Defendant to stop and render assistance.