A driver was injured in a San Francisco area car accident, which officials say, was caused by a drunk driver who fled the collision scene. According to a news report in The Marin Independent Journal, the injury car accident occurred on the Bellam Boulevard exit of Highway 101 in San Rafael the morning of October 17, 2010. Police believe 30-year-old Roxanne Hubbard took her eyes off the road and crashed a Ford Explorer into the back of a BMW which then crashed into another car. Hubbard fled the scene of the car accident and was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
I am relieved to hear that no one sustained life-threatening injuries in this hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured driver. I wish this injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 29 people were injured in DUI collisions in San Rafael. In Marin County as a whole, three people died and 116 were injured as a result of alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.
Hit-and-Run Car Accidents
Based on this news report, it appears that Hubbard was not only under the influence, but was also driving on a suspended license, was inattentive when she drove and then left the scene of an accident after striking and injuring someone. Of all the callousness and negligence this hit-and-run suspect displayed in the incident, I’m most outraged by her decision to leave the scene without even a thought for the injured victim. Despicable. I trust she will be held fully responsible for her decisions in this case.
It is not only unethical and inhumane to leave the scene of an injury car accident, but it is also a serious crime. 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.” Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a).
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, it would be in a victim’s best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the injured party’s legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also advise on how a victim’s own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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