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Two Injured in Garden Grove Hit-and-Run Crash

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Two people, a father and daughter, were injured in a four-car crash in Garden Grove, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of February 21, 2016. Police say a man was driving southbound in a 2008 Chevy Silverado in the 13100 block of Magnolia Street when he struck a vehicle that was headed in the same direction.

The pickup truck driver lost control and hit two parked vehicles on the west side of the street, one of which was occupied by a man and his daughter, who was outside the vehicle trying to get grocery bags out. The impact of the collision caused the red Kia Sportage to roll over. The man inside was trapped and had to be extricated. Both father and daughter were taken to a local hospital. Officials said the daughter was lucky to be alive. The driver of the Silverado fled on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 714-741-5704.

Crash Statistics

There were eight fatalities and 752 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Garden Grove, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.

Leaving the Scene

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver who caused this four-vehicle accident fled the scene on foot leaving the injured victims behind. Despicable! Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal accident is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal. According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a): “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

We certainly hope the driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our Hit and Run Reward website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip or to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.

Injured victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Garden Grove personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable lawyer will also be able to advise injured victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash where the driver hasn’t been apprehended or where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

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