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Elderly Man Killed in Santa Ana Hit-and-Run Accident

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A man in his 70s was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana after he was struck by a vehicle while taking his morning walk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal collision occurred early morning on January 10, 2013 in the area of Orange and Edinger avenues. Police officers say they found the man lying on the roadway when they arrived at the scene. There are no witnesses or suspects at this point. Neighbors say the man regularly took early morning walks. Based on the wreckage left the at the scene, police say the suspect vehicle appears to be a dark blue, 1995 BMW 740 iL with front-end damage.

Hit-and-Run Law

Not only is it an inhumane and irresponsible act to leave the scene of an accident, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists involved in accidents to stop and remain at the scene of the crash until the authorities arrive. In addition, they must exchange information with other parties and most importantly, help the injured victim. In this particular case, it appears that the driver struck and critically injured victim and then left him lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Despicable!

Anonymous Tips

I certainly hope that officials are able to apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you witnessed this incident or have any information about the suspect or the vehicle, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Contacting an Injury Lawyer

Hit-and-run victims or their families are often left with severe emotional and financial burdens. Victims or their families in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Santa Ana, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to explain to victims and their families how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found or in cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

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