Most everyone knows that leaving the scene of a vehicle crash is not only a deplorable act but it is also illegal. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are far more common than most people realize. Any type of car accident can be a traumatic experience, but when the driver at fault flees the scene of an accident, it only adds to the stress and trauma of those affected. Police are seeking information after a California hit-and-run accident recently left three people dead.
The accident occurred just before 4:30 pm as a southbound driver attempted to illegally pass another southbound car over a solid double-yellow line. A northbound SUV swerved to avoid the oncoming vehicle, sending the SUV on to the dirt shoulder. As the SUV re-entered the roadway, it overturned onto its right side. The overturned SUV was then struck in the roof by the southbound car that had been illegally passed, immediately killing the driver and passenger of the SUV. The driver of the colliding car was also fatally injured.
According to authorities, the driver of the passing vehicle fled the scene. No information about the fleeing vehicle or the driver has been obtained at this time. The fleeing driver, if found, could face serious felony charges related to the incident.
Hopefully, the hit-and-run driver will eventually be tracked down by law enforcement. In addition to the multiple criminal charges that he or she will be facing, the surviving family members of the victims will also have a right to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. Anyone in California who suffers the loss of a loved one from this type of car accident could receive much-needed financial relief from any monetary damages awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit.
Source: modbee.com, “Hit-and-run crash near Don Pedro Reservoir claims three lives“, Marijke Rowland, Oct. 22, 2016