A woman and a baby were injured in a Ventura car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the hit-and-run car accident occurred on Spring Road at Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark, the night of August 24, 2011. The woman and baby were occupants of a vehicle that was rear-ended by a car driven by 34-year-old Francisco Xavier Martinez-Amezcua. The extent of the victims’ injuries is not clear at this point. Martinez-Amezcua left the scene of the crash and was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two injured victims of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish them both a complete and speedy recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 10 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Moorpark. During that same year, 23 fatalities and 392 injuries occurred involving Ventura County DUI collisions.
What Caused This Injury Accident?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver, Martinez-Amezcua, not only rear-ended the vehicle carrying the victims and injured them, but also fled the scene leaving an injured baby behind. What kind of a person does that? In addition, officials say he was driving under the influence. It is illegal under California law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
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.” Martinez-Amezcua, by fleeing the scene of an accident, violated California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). I’m relieved to hear that officials were able to track down and arrest this driver.
In such cases, at-fault parties may be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained by victims and their families. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and even long-term care and treatment costs. They would be well-advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. 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.