A young lady hit my car and when I went to get paper for her information, she jumped in the car and drove off. I filed a police report. The owner of the car contacted me and wanted to pay for the damages without contacted their insurance company. When we met to get the estimate, I found that the person that I had been talking to (the owner) was not the person driving. She has agreed to pay, but I just have a bad feeling because the whole time we talked, she spoke as if she was in the car and the fact that they left makes me uneasy to trust them. I gave her one week to pay for the damages. In the event that she doesn't, can I sue for my damages (no one was hurt) and press charges against the driver for hit and run? I don't think it's fair to pay for someone else's neglegence. Please help.I don't have her insurance information. Should I contact the police department who filled out the report to get it or should I ask her to give it to me just in case? Is there a statute of limitations on how long I can allow this process to continue without losing my rights? I really appreciate your help. I've never been in an accident and I just want to make sure that I'm doing what's right. Thanks.
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