A driver turned himself in the afternoon of December 22, 2014 in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured an elderly man earlier that day.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred when the 82-year-old man was crossing the roadway near
Orangethorpe Avenue and Van Buren Street. A Ford Mustang struck him.
The pedestrian was transported to a trauma center with a head injury and a fractured hip, but he is expected to survive. The driver left the scene, but turned himself in at the Placentia police station. He was interviewed and released. He was not arrested pending an official investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Placentia Police Department at 714-993-8157.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the elderly victim. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
One person was killed and 10 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in Placentia, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, 47 fatalities and 808 injuries were reported due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of the Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Ford Mustang left the scene and turned himself in several hours later. This is still against the law. 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.”
In addition, motorists must also exchange information with other parties involved and most importantly, obtain assistance for the injured person. This may be something as simple as calling 911. The speed at which help arrives could determine whether or not a person survives.
If you have been involved in an accident, please stop immediately and remain at the scene, regardless of whose fault you believe the accident was. Leaving the scene of an injury crash is irresponsible and unethical, not to mention illegal.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney, who has experience handling hit-and-run cases and one who will examine all aspects of the incident, ensuring that the negligent parties are held accountable.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.