A driver who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision in Napa Valley has been identified by authorities as 39-year-old Andrea Christle, 39. Two of her passengers — Jacob Hosburgh and Tyler Christle, both 18 — escaped with minor injuries. The accident occurred the morning of August 8, 2010, when 32-year-old Pedro Perez Mota driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer made a turn against a red arrow and struck Christle’s Jeep Cherokee. Andrea Christle was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. Mota, who attempted to flee the scene, was stopped and detained by a witness until authorities arrived on scene. Mota has been arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and hit-and-run.
I sympathize with Andrea Christle and her family for what they are going through at this time. I’m relieved to hear that the two teens did not suffer life-threatening injuries. I also commend the passer by for having the courage to stop the driver who attempted to flee.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these car accidents involved injuries. There were a total of 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run collisions statewide.
Violations of the Law
Leaving the scene of a crash is a serious violation under California Vehicle Code section 20001(a). In this case, the driver, Mota, also ran a red light. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a (red light) shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
Claim for Compensation
In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run collision or to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation for injured victims and their families.
Would you stop a hit-and-run driver if you witnessed such a collision where the driver was trying to get away?
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