A motorcyclist was injured in a San Francisco area car accident involving a hit-and-run driver who officials say may have been under the influence of alcohol. According to a news report in KTVU San Francisco, the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Dutton Avenue and West Third Street in Santa Rosa, the night of June 1, 2011. Officials found the injured motorcyclist at the intersection, but the driver of the car that struck the motorcyclist left the scene of the crash. The victim of this hit-and-run accident sustained a possible fractured arm. The authorities have arrested 23-year-old Adan Garcia-Salome on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, felony DUI and resisting arrest, in connection with this incident.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist in this hit-and-run car accident. I wish the victim the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five people were killed and 98 were injured as a result of DUI collisions in Santa Rosa. During that same year, there were 17 fatalities and 264 injuries reported as a result of alcohol-related crashes in Sonoma County.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, officials say the driver, Garcia-Salome, was not only under the influence at the time, but also fled the scene leaving the motorcyclist injured and lying on the roadway. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) makes it illegal for any motorist to leave the scene of an injury car accident. It is just morally reprehensible to drive away and leave another human being, injured and exposed to further danger. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for leaving the scene of a crash. I’m relieved to hear that this dangerous driver has been taken off the street.
To pursue financial compensation from a negligent driver, an injured victim may file a personal injury claim. In such cases, compensation may be available for losses including medical expenses, time away from work, physical pain and emotional distress. Car accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record holding drunk drivers financially responsible. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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