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House Bill 1521


House Bill 1521

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB1521 (Updated February 22, 2007 5:08 pm - DI 84)


Motor vehicle accident scenes and coroners. Requires the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that results in injury to or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle to: (1) stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident; and (2) render assistance to each person injured or entrapped in the accident. Provides that if the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident is physically incapable of making an immediate report of the accident to the appropriate law enforcement agency, another occupant in the vehicle capable of making the report must: (1) immediately report the accident to the appropriate law enforcement agency; and (2) render reasonable assistance to each person injured or entrapped in the accident. Provides that a driver or occupant who knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates any of these provisions commits a Class C misdemeanor. Requires a coroner to file a certificate of death with a county health department within 72 hours after the completion of a death investigation. Removes a provision allowing a coroner to employ the services of the medical examiner system. Makes knowingly or intentionally failing to notify a coroner or law enforcement agency of the discovery of a body of a person who died from violence or in an apparently suspicious, unusual, or unnatural manner a Class A misdemeanor. (Under current law it is a Class B infraction.) Makes it a Class D felony for a person, with intent to hinder a criminal investigation and without the permission of a coroner or a law enforcement officer, to knowingly or intentionally alter the scene of death of a person who has died from violence or in an apparently suspicious, unusual, or unnatural manner. (Current law provides that it is a Class D felony if a person moves or transports the body.) Defines "autopsy" for purposes of the law requiring a coroner who performs an autopsy to bill the county in which the incident causing the death of the autopsy subject occurred. Provides that if an Indiana resident dies in an Indiana county as a result of an incident that occurred in another Indiana county, the coroner of the county in which the death occurred may not request an autopsy to be performed on the Indiana resident until the coroner of the county in which the death occurred has consulted with the coroner of the county in which the incident occurred. Requires a coroner to follow the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act concerning organ and tissue procurement. Repeals provisions: (1) authorizing a coroner to issue a warrant for the arrest of an individual whom the coroner is charging with a felony; and (2) requiring a coroner or a coroner's representative to attend meetings of the commission on forensic sciences when invited.
Current Status:
 In Committee - 2nd House
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