FORT MYERS, Fla - Friday morning, a Lee County judge told Charles Lawson he faces a serious charge, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Investigators say Lawson hit 48-year-old Michael Sasen early Christmas morning, while driving on Mcgregor Boulevard.
They say Sasen was in the roadway.
The arrest report says a deputy spotted Lawson's company issued car near the scene with damage to the front windshield. He allegedly told deputies, "I was the one involved in the incident," after first leaving the scene, then driving back.
That felony of leaving the scene comes with a punishment of up to 30 years in prison, but a minimum of two years.
A penalty that doesn't include a separate DUI charge from the same morning. Authorities arrested lawson at the scene, and later charged with him DUI, based on other evidence.
On behalf of the victim's family, we asked Fort Myers attorney Joe Viacava, who's not associated with the case, why they aren't being connected.
"They don't have the proof that he was the one that actually caused the accident. they just have him coming back after the fact," said Viacava.
According to Viacava, authorities believe many drivers flee because they're driving under the influence, and leave to sober up.
"So the argument that police make is why in theory is the person rewarded for running and they wind up destroying the evidence," said Viacava.
Now the State Attorney General is taking away that incentive.
In an effort to crack down on drivers who flee.
Legislation has been brought to the table, that would increase the mandatory minimum sentence from two years to four, the same sentence someone would get for DUI manslaughter.
That legislation still needs to go to full committee to be considered.
In court today, the judge told Lawson he cannot possess or consume any alcohol, and will face random alcohol testing. He bonded out Friday afternoon.