77-year-old Ervina Keller was killed in a tragic hit-and-run crash that occurred on July 13‚ 2011‚ on Acacia Avenue near Thompson Street in Hemet. According to the police‚ Keller was walking to her sister’s housewhen she was struck by a green Ford Windstar van driven by 47-year-old Salvador Almanza.
Almanza did not stop after hitting Keller. Witnesses said he continued to drive away even after colliding with the victim. Keller was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Police are on a lookout for him but believe Almanza has fled from the area.
The driver committed a felony when he fled from the scene. Not only is this an offense but is also morally incomprehensible that someone would cause an accident and leave the injured to die on the road. 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.” Keller may still be alive today if the driver stopped to assist her.
We trust that this hit-and-run driver will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. Keller’s family members should seek counsel from a Riverside County hit-and-run auto accident lawyer to learn about their legal rights and options. An experienced lawyer will help victim’s family members obtain timely compensation to cover funeral and burial costs‚ loss of anticipated earnings‚ loss of love‚ care and companionship‚ and other accident-related damages.
Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Keller for such a tragic loss.
Ross Jurewitz represents people killed in Riverside County pedestrian accidents and is the managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group‚ a California personal injury law firm dedicated to representing families of people injured or killed in auto accidents. If you or a loved one suffers from a serious car wreck injury‚ please contact our San Diego personal injury office at 888-233-5020.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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