Hit-and-run accidents in Southern California occur almost on a daily basis. Hit-and-run accident victims and their families are the worst sufferers in these situations because not only are they suffer serious personal injuries or killed as a result of the accident, but they are saddled with sky-high medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, medication and loss of earnings – and they have no one to hold accountable for their injuries, damages and loss.
Our client, Shaun Edward Earnhart, is exactly in this situation. Earnhart was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident when he had got off his car on the shoulder of the eastbound 60 Freeway off-ramp at the Phillips Ranch Road exit in Pomona. Earnhart had got off the car because he had gotten sick from eating at a restaurant. According to California Highway Patrol officials, it was at this time that the driver of the Mercedes Benz exiting the freeway veered into the shoulder and struck Earnhart. The impact of the pedestrian-car crash sent Earnhart flying back, over the Mercedes, and across the off-ramp lanes. He suffered critical injuries and is still in the hospital.
The driver of the Mercedes dropped a black, custom-made, spider web-shaped grill at the scene after the impact. Other than that the Mercedes did not slow, brake or stop. In fact, according to Earnhart’s distraught girlfriend, the driver of the Mercedes accelerated down the off-ramp and fled the scene so fast that she could not even get the vehicle license plate number. Based on the physical evidence at the scene, CHP officials believe that the Mercedes should have considerable front end damage. Investigators also believe that the spider web-shaped grill recovered from the scene belonged to a customized AMG-style Mercedes Benz. The part number on the grill was AMG A 220 885 06 53.
Officials are certain that this accident was the fault of the hit-and-run driver who made an “unsafe turning movement,” which caused the car to veer onto the shoulder and strike the pedestrian, in this case, our client Shaun Earnhart. California Vehicle Code section 22107 states: “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.”
So, although the driver of the Mercedes is at fault for the serious injuries caused to Shaun Earnhart, he or she cannot be held accountable and brought to justice because he or she is at large. This person did something that was not only against the law, but also inhumane and heartless. Obviously, this motorist was driving recklessly and probably not paying attention to his or her surroundings. He or she may have been distracted or talking on the cell phone. He or she may have even been under the influence and sped off because they didn’t want to get caught and charged with a felony DUI. There is no question in my mind that this person needs to be held civilly and criminally accountable in this case.
Please help us find this driver. Whether you were a witness to this collision, a friend, a family member or a body shop owner or employee who is familiar with this hit-and-run vehicle, the information you provide can give Earnhart and his family the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. Right now Earnhart and his family are under tremendous emotional and financial strain. They need the money to make sure Earnhart gets the treatment and quality of care that will help him make a complete recovery. Based on his condition, he has a long road to recovery.
If you have any information about this Los Angeles County hit-and-run accident, please call Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-800-561-4887. We greatly value any leads or information you can provide us that will help us get justice for our injured client and hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions.