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“Involve” is defined, in pertinent part, as “to draw in as a participant,” to “implicate,” “to

relate closely,” to “connect,” “to have an effect on,” to “concern directly,” to “affect.”

Webster's Third New International Dictionary 1191 (1986). Clearly, a driver of a vehicle

that causes a crash is "involved" in the crash.

Although no Florida appellate court has addressed this precise issue,

courts of other states have likewise held that drivers who caused accidents were

"involved" in those accidents even if the car they were driving did not collide with

another car. See State v. Korovkin, 47 P.3d 1131, 1135 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2002) (holding

in a prosecution for leaving the scene of an accident that a driver, by racing with another

driver, actively participated in the immediate chain of events culminating in a collision

between the other driver and a third car); Armstrong v. State, 848 N.E.2d 1088, 1092

(Ind.) (holding that the duties imposed under a statute governing a driver's failure to stop

after an accident causing death are triggered regardless of whether the driver's vehicle

struck anything), cert. denied, 127 S. Ct. 513 (2006); Steen v. State, 640 S.W.2d 912,

914 (Tex. Crim. App. 1982) (holding in a prosecution for failure to stop and render aid

that the defendant was "involved" in the collision where his improper lane change

caused a passing vehicle to swerve to avoid hitting the defendant, resulting in a head-

on collision between the passing vehicle and an oncoming vehicle); cf. State v.

Perebeynos, 87 P.3d 1216, 1218-19 (Wash. Ct. App. 2004) (holding that the evidence

was sufficient to support the finding that the defendant was "involved in an accident"

within the meaning of the hit-and-run statute, even though he made no contact with

another vehicle because the defendant's erratic driving caused another driver to swerve

and hit a truck), review granted, 103 P.3d 1247 (Wash. 2005).

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