A man’s leg was severed on the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore in a hit and run accident after his motorcycle became disabled and he tried to run across lanes, but was struck by a vehicle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of August 29, 2017. California Highway Patrol officials said the motorcyclist was still alive and undergoing treatment the following morning. The driver who struck the man fled the scene.
Officials said they initially could not find the sheared half of the leg. But after daylight, they were able to locate it and transport it to the hospital. However, it is not known if doctors were able to reattach the limb. Officials said the motorcyclist had pulled over to call AAA on the right shoulder of the northbound 15 near Central Avenue. He then started running across the freeway, but was hit by the unknown vehicle. Vehicle parts were found and collected for evidence. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Riverside CHP office at 951-637-8000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist. We wish him the best as he recovers from this horrific incident.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
It is illegal under California law to leave the scene of an injury or fatal car accident. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “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.” It is important to remember that as a motorist, you are required to stop and remain at the scene, and render aid to the injured victim. You are required to take all these actions regardless of who is at fault for the accident.
What Can Victims Do?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. First, make sure you file a police report and obtain a copy of it for your records. Get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. Try to collect as much evidence from the scene as possible including any physical evidence such as vehicle parts left behind by the hit-and-run vehicle. Contact an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer who can stay on top of the official investigation and help safeguard your rights.