William Earl Swisher III, 62, of Victorville was killed in a San Bernardino car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver.
According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident was reported the night of August 14, 2104 along Cajon Boulevard north of Western Avenue southwest of the freeway interchange between interstates 215 and 210.
The man, who was in a wheelchair, died at the scene. The driver fled the scene.
The hit-and-run vehicle was described as a
light-colored work truck with a roof rack. Anyone who saw the accident or has more information about this crash is asked to contact police dispatchers at 909-384-5742.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of William Earl Swisher III. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 19 fatalities and 888 injuries involving traffic accidents in the city of San Bernardino. Countywide, 209 people died and 7,671 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this report, it appears that Swisher was in a wheelchair when he was struck by the truck and the driver left the scene without even stopping to see how the disabled victim was doing. Appalling!
Under California Vehicle Code Section 467 (b), the term “pedestrian” includes any person “who is operating a self-propelled wheelchair, motorized tricycle, or motorized quadricycle and, by reason of physical disability, is otherwise unable to move about as a pedestrian.”
It is unclear as to whether the driver yielded the right-of-way to the victim. The driver also violated California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), which requires all California motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene until authorities arrive.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
If you have any information about this incident, please visit our law firm’s official Hit-and-Run Reward site at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
In such cases, families of hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.