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Elderly Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in San Bernardino

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John Preciado, who was reported missing from an assisted-living facility in Mentone, was killed in a hit-and-run accident near West Rialto Avenue and G Street in San Bernardino the night of July 18, 2014.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred when Preciado was crossing the street.

A Toyota Corolla struck him. Preciado was
transported to a regional hospital where he was pronounced dead the following morning.

Earlier on July 18, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an assisted-living facility on Jasper Avenue to take a missing person report. Preciado, a diabetic diagnosed with schizophrenia, had apparently left the facility on foot sometime after midnight walking west toward Redlands. The location where the hit-and-run collision occurred is more than 10 miles from the facility. San Bernardino police are seeking information from the public about the hit-and-run vehicle and driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact 909-384-5742.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of John Preciado for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. We offer our deepest condolences to them.

What Caused This Tragic Incident?

Based on this news report, it appears that the elderly gentleman in this case had been diagnosed with diabetes and schizophrenia and had wandered away from the assisted living facility to whose care he was entrusted. In addition, this man was struck and fatally injury by a driver who chose to flee the scene leaving an elderly man lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Appalling!

In addition to the driver who left the scene, it is also important to look into how the man got out of the facility. Did the facility have proper security for residents? How did he wander away? Did he get away due to lack of adequate supervision or care? Did the caregiver or facility’s negligence cause or contribute to this incident?

Fault and Liability

If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Also, if the assisted living facility where the victim was housed is determined to have been negligent or careless, the operators of that facility can also be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. An experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims or their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

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