A woman has died several days after she was severely injured in a Santa Ana hit-and-run accident.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, 56-year-old Martha Rodriguez died from injuries suffered in a car accident, which occurred at the intersection of North Broadway and West Santa Ana Boulevard the night of September 1, 2014.
Rodriguez was a passenger in a Nissan Xterra driven by her husband.
Another driver clipped
the rear of the couple’s Nissan.
Investigators believe that the collision caused Rodriguez’s husband to lose control and crash into a tree. The couple sustained serious injuries. Rodriguez died the morning of September 5 and her husband remains hospitalized. The driver of the Dodge Stratus that struck the Xterra fled the scene.
He was later identified as 45-year-old Guillermo Velasquez Flores and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. This is apparently Flores’s second hit-and-run arrest. He was previously arrested in the mid-90s after a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian at the same intersection.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Rodriguez family, especially Martha Rodriguez’s husband who remains hospitalized since the hit-and-run crash. Our legal practice represents seriously injured victims of car accidents and we understand what this family must be going through at this time.
They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 1,451 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in Santa Ana.
In Orange County as a whole, 128 people died and 13,541 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
Based on this news report, it appears that the suspect in this case was arrested for hit-and-run once before for striking a pedestrian at the same intersection. Leaving the scene of a car accident where someone has been injured or killed is a felony crime under California law. Above all, it’s an inhumane and irresponsible act.
Our law firm has a Hit-and-Run Reward Program that offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of the suspect. We hope these and other efforts will serve as a deterrent and help hold hit-and-run drivers accountable.