August 30, 2012-San Clemente, CA-A 16-year-old skateboarder fell from his board and was run over by a driver who then left the scene of the pedestrian accident, according to NBC News sources.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Ola Vista and Avenida Santa Barbara when a woman driving a gold Lexus ran over Hunter Bogert then dragged him ten or 15 feet. When a witness, Connor Covey, saw the incident, he ran over to the driver and pounded on her window. However, she accelerated, hitting Bogert again, and left the scene.
Bogert received stitches in his stomach, and suffers from a chipped pelvic bone and scrapes on his knees and elbows. Bogert collapsed after attempting to get up and go after the fleeing vehicle. His parents and the police are asking any witnesses with information on the driver, who had Nevada plates on her car, to come forward.
My heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery go out to this young victim.
Pedestrians and Hit-and-Run Drivers-A Deadly Combination
Hit-and-run accidents are quite frequent in cases of pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 11 percent of crashes involve drivers hitting pedestrians. Eleven percent of all accidents are also hit-and-run collisions, so the chances of being an injured pedestrian and the chances of being the victim of a hit and run driver are about the same. When the two statistics are combined, the chances of being the victim of a hit-and-run pedestrian accident are around one in five. Hit-and-runs are more common with pedestrian collisions than with other types of vehicle crashes because drivers tend to panic when they hit someone who is walking.
Will This Driver Be Brought To Justice?
Unlike many pedestrian hit-and-runs, this case involves one very good eyewitness. The boy who tried to stop the car actually yelled at the woman through her window and saw her face, so he will be likely to recognize her or a picture of her if he sees it again. Further, there may have been other witnesses, and the fact that the woman had a Nevada license plate will be a good clue. It is more likely that this driver will be found than is normal in a hit-and-run collision.
What Will Happen When the Driver is Found?
Police have already said they intend to charge the driver with felony hit-and-run, but criminal charges are not the only thing she will have to face. An Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer can help the victim and his family recover damages for his pain and suffering as well as his physical injuries.