Every year, hundreds of Californians are hurt or killed by hit and run drivers. The circumstances vary, but most have one tragic similarly: the driver who caused the accident is never caught. More often than not, hit and run survivors must go on with life knowing that the person responsible for their pain is still out there somewhere. But, a new alert system introduced by the California State Legislature may help change all that. As of 2016, law enforcement officials can now issue a “yellow” alert to nearby motorists and residents that provides critical details about the at-fault driver. Read the rest »
A San Diego physical education teacher is now forced to deal with a career threatening injury thanks to a reckless hit and run driver. As reported by San Diego 7, the woman, an employee of Alice Birney Elementary School, was out biking on Thursday when the accident happened. She was riding along Clairemont Drive near Galveston Street, when a driver attempting to pass another car swerved into the bike lane struck her and fled the scene. The teacher suffered a compound fracture and dislocated ankle. Her husband, who was with her when the accident happened, stated, “I stopped and turned around and there was my wife on the ground, crumpled. I thought she was dead.” Read the rest »
Hit-and-run accidents are all too common in San Diego. Drivers who fear that they will face citations, fees, fines, criminal charges and civil litigation often flee the scene of the crash instead of obeying the law and remaining at the crash site. If the car that struck you has sped away, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and best interests.
First, you must get yourself out of harm’s way. Try to get off the road without injuring yourself further. You should then call the authorities. You should write down everything you remember about the vehicle that fled before you forget. Write down the color, make, model, if it was a two- or four-door, what direction it was headed, any parts of the license plate you remember and if it had any distinguishing features. Read the rest »
San Diego Police are still looking for the driver of a sedan who turned in front of a motorcyclist who was headed north on Cesar Chavez Parkway in Barrio Logan.
The accident occurred just after 8 p.m. and the 30-year-old motorcyclist suffered a compound fracture to his leg and a serious head injury. The driver of the four-door sedan left the scene of the accident. According to police, the vehicle struck the motorcyclist as it was making a left turn.
Witnesses were unable to give a description of the driver.
Hit-and-run accidents have reached epidemic proportions in California. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group in San Diego find this kind of behavior particularly reprehensible. We have little sympathy for a driver who leaves an accident victim in the street to potentially die. Read the rest »
A recent rash of fatal hit-and-run accidents in San Diego County has prompted the non-profit charitable organization San Diego County Crime Stoppers to look for new ways to stem the epidemic.
Currently, Crime Stoppers offers a $1,000 reward for tips that lead to convictions in felony cases. A spokesman for the organization says that it is thinking of offering those who call in tips about hit-and-run drivers a higher reward if those tips lead to prosecutions. Read the rest »
A 75-year-old female pedestrian was struck and injured by a Ford F-150 driver on August 31 around 10 a.m. in Grant Hill. According to San Diego Police Sgt. Ray Battrick, the pedestrian was in the crosswalk at Market and 26th Street when she was struck by a westbound motorist.
Witnesses present at the accident scene explained that the motorist struck the pedestrian, pulled over to check her, and then fled. Witnesses described the motorist as a Hispanic or white man in his mid 40s of around 5 feet 4 inches wearing a white colored T-shirt. Read the rest »
A pedestrian was hit and killed by a dark colored mini-van type of vehicle on August 26 around 1:45 a.m. in the 3200 block of Mission Avenue. According to Oceanside police, the pedestrian was struck by a minivan believed to be in the early 2000s or late 1990s model near Airport Road.
The motorist fled from the accident scene after hitting the pedestrian, who was pronounced dead by the responding paramedics at the scene. Our law office would like to offer our sincere condolences to the victim’s family members and close friends for such a tragic loss. Read the rest »
Sixty-seven-year-old Carlos Gomez Pantoja was struck and killed on July 29 around 1:35 a.m. on an Escondido street. According to the police, Pantoja was struck by a vehicle described as a white SUV or a gray pickup with a camper shell while he was crossing Lincoln Avenue with his family members.
The injured victim suffered a fractured arm and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, where he later succumbed to his injuries. We offer our sincere condolences to Pantoja’s family and friends for such a heart-rending loss. Fortunately, no one else in the family was injured in this pedestrian accident. Read the rest »
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. Read the rest »
San Diego police are on the lookout for the hit-and-run driver in a white van that struck a 50-year-old man who was riding his moped. The moped driver was sideswiped on May 29 around 7:30 p.m. on 1300 block of Palm Avenue in Egger Highlands, causing him to spin out of control.
The victim suffered a broken foot and leg and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Motorists involved in a crash are required by the law to stop immediately and remain at the scene. When the hit-and-run driver is found, he will face felony charges for fleeing the scene and leaving the injured victim. Read the rest »