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Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Ventura County Man

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Christopher Dodds, 48, of Ventura was hospitalized with serious injuries on November 2, 2008 after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ventura, the Ventura County Star reports. Dodds was walking north across Thompson Boulevard toward a Smart & Final store when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Thompson struck him, Ventura police officials said. The hit-and-run driver then drove away without checking on Dodds.

Dodds is said to be in stable condition in an area hospital. Police are now looking for the hit-and-run driver involved in this 11/2/08 Ventura pedestrian accident. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark blue Honda sedan with damage on the driver’s side. Anyone with information about this accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anyone who gives information that leads to an arrest could receive up to a $1,000 reward.

My heart goes out to Christopher Dodds and I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

I hope that whoever did this to Dodds is apprehended and brought to justice. Not only is it unethical, inhumane and downright despicable to hit someone and leave them lying injured on the roadway, but it is also against the law. 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.” Also, hit-and-run is a crime under California Penal Code Section 192. A conviction could result in a lengthy prison sentence.

The person who was responsible for causing this accident should be held criminally and civilly responsible for this accident. Christopher Dodds will be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed California pedestrian accident attorney, who will help fight for his legal rights and secure Dodds the compensation he rightfully deserves.

A knowledgeable auto accident attorney will be able to help advise Dodds in the event that the motorist who hit him did not have auto insurance or sufficient coverage. Compensation may be available through the “uninsured” or “underinsured” coverage of Dodds’ own auto insurance policy or the policy of someone else in his household. A skilled California personal injury lawyer will also look into other factors that may have played a role in this crash such as a dangerous roadway or intersection.

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