A teenage skateboarder was hospitalized after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on July 21, 2012, around 9:30 p.m. in Lemon Grove. A witness said that the victim was walking across Massachusetts Avenue when a small black car ran a red light and struck the teen in the crosswalk.
The impact of the collision made the victim go over the top of the car, and he was carried about 100 feet before he fell off the car and into the street. The motorist slowed for a moment, but later sped away from the scene.
The injured victim was immediately transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment for the injuries he suffered.
According to government statistics, nearly 11% of all motor vehicle accidents are hit and run cases. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that red-light running crashes caused 762 deaths in the year 2008.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Since the driver did not stop after running the red light and hitting the teenage boy, the driver is in violation of this code.
If this accident was caused by the negligent and speeding driving of the car driver, then he may be held liable for this incident.
At this time, the injured victims may benefit from seeking the guidance of an experienced San Diego hit and run accident lawyer, who will make sure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because a careless driver ran a red light, talk to the experienced San Diego County auto accident attorneys to ensure that your legal rights are protected. For a free assessment of your case, call our personal injury law office at 1(888) 233-5020.