Ronald Larson, 72, was fatally injured in a Huntington Beach car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver who fled the scene.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, police found Larson in the street with serious injuries on Pacific Coast Highway near 11th Street in the Sunset Beach area the evening of February 15, 2015.
Larson was transported to an area hospital,
but died shortly afterward. Witnesses who saw the crash said a woman driving a white Nissan Xterra SUV was traveling south on Coast Highway when she veered to the right hitting Larson, who was trying to enter a parked, silver 2015 Ford Fiesta.
Police located the hit-and-run driver who was later identified as 27-year-old Laura Ferreira. They also determined she was under the influence. They found front-end damage on her vehicle, which linked her to the incident. Ferreira was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run resulting in death and DUI.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 714-536-5670.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Ronald Larson for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 147 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 56 people died and 1,346 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes.
Violations of the Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV was not only under the influence at the time of the crash, but also left a critically injured victim lying on the roadway exposed to further danger. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) prohibits motorists from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states that all motorists must stop immediately and remain at the scene of an injury or fatal crash, exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly help injured victims. This “help” could be something as simple as stopping and calling 911 so that the injured victim gets help and medical attention in a timely manner.
However, this driver did none of the above, but fled leaving the victim on the roadway. Outrageous! We are relieved to note that the driver has been apprehended and hope that she will be brought to justice.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
Families of hit-and-run victims are often left with significant emotional and financial burdens. It would be in their best interest to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable injury attorney will also advise victims’ families about how their own auto insurance policies might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.