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Ventura Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Elderly Motorist in Power Chair

By Ross Jurewitz on January 19, 2012

69-year-old Joyce Yamani was struck and injured in a Ventura hit-and-run car crash that occurred on January 16, 2012, around 1:53 p.m. According to the Ventura Police Department, Yamani was riding east on Mills Road sidewalk on her scooter power chair when she was struck by a speeding vehicle driven by 18-year-old Andres Covarrubias.

The impact of the collision threw Yamani out of her chair onto the street. Yamani suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to Ventura County Medical Center for medical treatment.

Covarrubias was later arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Covarrubias will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that ‘It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.’  Under California law, it is also illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

The victim’s family members would be well advised to confer with an experienced Ventura County DUI accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options. The victim’s family members may file a personal injury claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover medical, hospital and treatment cost, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim heal soon.

Ross Jurewitz represents people injured in Ventura County DUI crashes 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 hit-and-run accidents. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a car collision in Ventura due to a drunken driver, please order your free copy of the The Ultimate California Car Collision Book. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.

Ross Jurewitz

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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