A crash by a hit-and-run driver resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to another. The incident began when a driver experienced trouble with his Jeep Cherokee, which was stalled. Another driver pulled over and was assisting the disabled motorist push the Jeep when both were struck by a driver who sped off. Escondido police responded to the crash and then reported it to California Highway Patrol.
The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of Ronald Packard Parkway at Broadway. The man who stopped to lend his assistance is the one who died in the crash. An attempt was made to provide CPR but the man could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the disabled Jeep Cherokee was transported to the hospital for treatment. His condition has not yet been released.
Hit-and-Run Driver Found
According to reports, the driver who fled was in a Toyota RAV 4. CHP later located the SUV and the 17-year-old driver. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The officers found drugs inside the vehicle along with a loaded handgun. The driver will likely be facing additional charges for the crash.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense. The driver in this instance was negligent because he was allegedly driving while impaired. He failed to slow down and yield to another vehicle and did not stop at the scene of a fatal accident. Hit-and-run accidents occur all too frequently, often because the driver is either impaired, has a warrant, or is driving without a license.
Serious Injuries Caused by Hit-and-Run Accidents
Victims of hit and run accidents may face many different medical problems. Many times the vehicle that is responsible for the crash was speeding at the time of the crash, which can result in a substantial impact. In this particular accident, the victims were outside of the Jeep, so they were unprotected.
Accidents that occur at a high rate of speed are more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities. Some of the most serious injuries are back and neck injuries, broken bones and head trauma or traumatic brain injury. Serious injuries can occur even at slower speeds. When severe injuries occur, the negligent party is to be held responsible. The injured party may be entitled to compensation for any damages incurred, including money for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other things.
The family of someone who was fatally injured may also be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses and loss of enjoyment of life. If you or a loved one was hurt in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible. Your attorney will handle all aspects of the case and will help get you and your family the money you need to pay for medical expenses. Contact the legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea today to discuss the details of your case.