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Volume 22, issue 3

Case report

Hit-and-run: shock reaction or purposeful behavior – a case report

Anna Pilszyk1, Alfreda Ruzikowska1
1. Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warszawa
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2013; 22(3): 211-216
Keywords: car accident, hit-and-run, forensic psychiatric evaluations

Abstract

Objectives. Based on the available literature and forensic practice, the article gives a psychopathological description of a man involved in a hit-and-run accident. Legal regulations in force concerning that matter are also presented.

Case report. The article describes a man who was charged with purposeful hit-and-run.

Conclusions. On the basis of the analysis of the case in question it is very difficult to determine whether the hit-and-run accident may have been a proof of a specific psychopathological condition, resulting from the stress suffered and the previous experiences of the offender, or it was in fact intentional.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Anna Pilszyk
Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN
ul. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa
tel. 22 45 82 859
e-mail: apilszyk@wp.pl