Stacey Curtis, whose husband Mike Curtis, was severely injured in a Mira Loma hit-and-run motorcycle accident on October 18, 2008, has approached body shops, Craigslist.org and even BMW dealers in an effort to find out who ran down her husband. According to an article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Mike Curtis was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle down Limonite Avenue in Mira Loma when he was hit from behind and thrown off his motorcycle. He was hospitalized with a broken pelvic bone.
Eyewitnesses told police officials that the hit-and-run driver was in a dark blue or black colored BMW 330. The hit-and-run vehicle reportedly has front-end damage and would likely be brought to a BMW dealership or a body shop to be fixed.
My heart goes out to Mike and Stacey Curtis. Mike Curtis was in the hospital for four days with a fractured pelvis and now uses a walker. He has just started physical therapy and will only be able to return to his job as a heavy equipment technician after January. I’m relieved that Mike Curtis is recovering and will actually be able to return to work in a couple of months; that’s good news. But it makes me furious that this hit-and-run driver, who left a good man broken and injured in the middle of the road, is walking around and probably driving around as a free individual. He or she deserves to be apprehended and brought to justice.
Not only is it unethical and a reprehensible act to hit and leave an injured person on the roadway, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a): “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person other than himself or herself, or in the death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” A hit-and-run conviction could result in a lengthy prison sentence for the violator, as it should.
I would urge any one who has any information about this motorcycle accident to please contact California Highway Patrol officials at 951-637-8000. Please feel free to contact my office as well if you have any leads or information about who might have committed this heinous act. This person must be held criminally and civilly responsible for the accident and injuries caused. Mike Curtis will be able to recover substantial compensation for his injuries, medical expenses, cost of medication, loss of wages, pain and suffering. The Curtis family will also be well-advised to contact an experienced Southern California motorcycle accident attorney to ensure that their legal rights are protected.