California Highway Patrol officials in Fresno County are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck and fatally injured 12-year-old Sage Corpus. KFSN News reports that the boy was walking with friends along South Avenue in Fresno County the night of April 10, 2010, when an out-of-control pickup truck crashed into the group of young people. The driver then left the truck and ran away from the scene. Sage’s friend, 13-year-old Connor Turner, sustained injuries but they were not life-threatening. However, Sage died at the scene.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to Sage’s family and friends. It is indeed fortunate that no one else was hit or suffered catastrophic injuries in this crash. Please keep these victims and Sage’s family in your prayers. They have suffered a devastating loss.
California Hit-and-Run Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2001 hit-and-run statistics, the most recent available under this category, hit-and-run traffic accident deaths in California rose by 10 percent from 1999 to 2001. According to a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle, nearly 300 people are killed annually in hit-and-run accidents in California. In 2001, hit-and run accidents accounted for 7.8 percent of the state’s fatal crashes. That figure is more than twice the national average of 3.8 percent – and a full percentage point higher than the next-highest state, Arizona.
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious crime under California law. California Vehicle Code 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.”
If you are involved in a car accident, you are required to stop, whether or not you believe that the accident was your fault. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims about how the uninsured/underinsured clause of their auto insurance policy could apply to their injury accident if the at-fault driver is not insured or does not have sufficient insurance coverage.
How can local law enforcement agencies better encourage the public to come forward with information about hit-and-run drivers?
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