A man in his 20s suffered critical injuries in an Anaheim hit-and-run car accident after he was struck by a vehicle whose driver left the scene.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred on Beach Boulevard south of West Lincoln Avenue early morning on September 21, 2015.
Police the man was crossing Beach Boulevard going eastbound outside of a crosswalk when 31-year-old Victor Acosta-Inzunza, 31, struck him with a Honda CR-V.
He did not stop, but a witness followed Acosta-Inzunza.
Police arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing injury. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved. Officials said the pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with critical head injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the critically injured victim of this crash. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven fatalities and 107 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Anaheim.
In Orange County as a whole, 52 people died and 784 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was critically injured in the crash. Officials say he was not in a crosswalk. However the driver in this case left the victim lying in the roadway without stopping to help or calling the authorities. Leaving the scene of an accident is not only an inhumane and irresponsible act, but it is also illegal.
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.”
Motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene after a crash regardless of whose fault the accident was. We are relieved to hear that the hit-and-run suspect has been apprehended and hope that he will be brought to justice.
Victims of hit-and-run crashes would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties will be held liable.
A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.