The daughter of 69-year-old Sun Choi, who was killed in a Santa Ana hit-and-run crash, is pleading for the driver to come forward. According to a KABC news report, Cherin Choi said she is heartbroken that her mother has died suddenly, just one week after celebrating her birthday. The fatal crash occurred as Sun and her husband were driving south on the 55 Freeway north of the 22 Freeway the afternoon of Feb. 24. California Highway Patrol officials said a white sedan made an unsafe lane change causing the car next to it to swerve, triggering a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles including Sun’s van.
The van crashed into the center divider and rolled over several times. Sun was transported to an area hospital, but died from her injuries. Officials said the white sedan suspected of starting the chain-reaction crash never stopped. CHP officials are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward and help find the driver. Choi says she just wants the driver to come forward and take responsibility for what happened.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Choi family for their tragic and untimely loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the white sedan not only made an unsafe lane change and triggered what proved to be a fatal crash, but also fled the scene of a deadly car accident. Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony crime under California law. In addition, California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the accident, exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly, render aid to those who have been injured in the crash.
Justice for Victims and Families
In such cases where the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended, families of deceased victims deal with not just the grief and emotions of losing a loved one suddenly, but also with unforeseen sudden expenses such as funeral and burial costs. This can be an extremely overwhelming time for these families.
An experienced Orange County car accident lawyer can help hit-and-run victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options during such a challenging time. While families cannot hold a driver who has not been identified or apprehended accountable, they may still be able to receive compensation from their auto insurance company if they have uninsured motorist coverage.