Driving and hit and run accidents in Gabon

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Gabon: Message Center for Gabon RPCVs: Driving and hit and run accidents in Gabon

By David Corbett ( on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 2:10 pm: Edit Post

I am an attorney representing a young Gabonese man with his asylum application in the U.S. Unfortunately, he has recently been accused of a felony hit-and-run accident in Washington State. He asserts that in Gabon, people are instructed not to remain at the site of a traffic accident, because it can become too dangerous. I am looking for someone who might be able to corroborate this with some authority, in the hopes that this will help either procure an acquittal or reduce his sentence. If anyone thinks they might be able to help, my name is David Corbett and my phone number is 253-414-5235

By blf ( on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 9:29 am: Edit Post

Yes it is very true and in actual fact peace corps training included that when in an accident to leave the site (as able) and go immediately to the police station. Gabonese law is/was known to be sympathetic to retaliations/revenge attacks if done within 24 hours - and on grounds of being overwhelmed with shock and grief.
But the laws and norms of Gabon are not the laws and norms of the USA. When in another country it is advised to know and obey the laws of that country. You dont get to bring them with you.

Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.