A Huntington Beach family is asking for the public’s help to find the hit-and-run driver who seriously injured 17-year-old Stephen Cureton.
According to a news report in the Huntington Beach Independent, Cureton was riding his skateboard at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue the night of February 10, 2014 when a black sports car, possibly a Chevrolet Corvette, struck him. Cureton is in stable condition and is expected to survive.
His family is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can help identify the driver of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-960-8811.
It is indeed a relief that this young man is expected to survive after this horrific accident. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Orange County Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 63 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 38 fatalities and 773 injuries were reported due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
California Hit-and-Run Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck Cureton and left the scene without even stopping at the scene to help the injured victim. Unconscionable! 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.” Not only are motorists required to stop and remain at the scene, but also exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly, get help for the injured victim. However, this driver did none of the above, but simply fled the scene.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
If you have any information about this driver or the incident, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward. This web site is our way of joining hands with law enforcement and the community to help apprehend hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.
Hit-and-run victims and their families are often left stuck with major hospital and medical expenses. In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims and families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is not found or when he or she is uninsured or underinsured.