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Joplin traffic police report a surge in hit and run crashes

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On city streets or parking lots, Joplin police say they have 50 reports of people leaving the scene of crashes in one month.

For some, like Megan Davis, the crash was with moving vehicles.  Her car was totaled and she had to pay a $500 deductible.

Insurance providers say even if it's not their fault customers could end up with higher insurance rates.

Police aren't sure what's behind the increase in hit-and-runs.

"Maybe they don't know they they've struck another vehicle at a parking lot, maybe it's they're afraid they don't have insurance on the vehicle or don't have a valid drivers license," says Corporal Dan Haskins of the Joplin Police Department.  "We're unsure of why there is such a spike, but I don't want to call it an epidemic but it's a concern for us."

Witnesses helped identify the other vehicle in Megan's crash.  The driver, who was uninsured and didn't have a license, is facing charges.

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