TN Man Faces Prison Term for Advising Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run to Flee


A Nashville man who prosecutors say told a suspect to flee after a fatal hit-and-run faces up to six years in prison for his advice, The Tennessean reports. In one of the more closely followed vehicular homicide cases in recent years, the role of a third person, a bystander, has been largely overlooked. Jordan Hawbaker, 22, was on the scene of an accident that claimed the lives of two young men in 2011. Hawbaker, who had been drinking at a nearby bar, is said to have encouraged the driver to flee the scene. That suggestion broke the law, prosecutors say, and was enough for them to charge him with being an accessory to a crime. Under state law, accessory after the fact applies to someone who helps a suspect avoid arrest after knowing a felony was committed – providing a getaway car or hiding someone in a home, for instance. Prosecutor Kyle Anderson said Hawbaker took on a criminal liability when he told the driver to flee. “It may not make sense to a layperson, but it's the law,” he said.

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