Heelo. My friend who is a Tongan National was in que at a car wash with er engine off as the line was long. Unexpectedly a man hit her on the driver's side door. She spoke with the man who said he dropped his glasses or cell phone and the car lurched forward as he bent to pick them up. The man called the police but they declined to come telling the caller that the car wash was on private property. So the 2 driver's exchanged info and my friend left because she needed to get to her caregiver job.
A couple of days later as my friend was entertaining her family at a functon, some police officers came to her door. they told her she needed to come down to the station to discuss the accident. When she got there she was informed that the man had filed a complaint against her for hit and run.
The officer went on to explain that it was a serious accusation and she could be found guilty of a felony and go to jail.
my friend said see explained the situation to the police and they said that she was not at fault for the accident but none the less was still accused of hit and run.
My firend's visa is set to expire soon so she had planned to return to Tonga this coming Monday stay 2 weeks and then come back. She asked the police if she could settle this out of court with the man. They told her to call the man.
She called and spoke to the person's spouse. The woman told her that the man was not driving
his car and they did not want to involve their insurance
company. If she would pay them $3,500.00 they would drop the charges.
I am thinking all of this is no better than a "shake down" of an non-citizen, a bit naieve, and desparate to get home to renew VISA.
She wants to pay the money (with a loan
from me) so as not to be stopped at TSA and jeopardized re=entering US in 2 weeks with current visa.
Can I have you advice?