Eusebio Martinez Jr., 50, was killed in a Ventura car accident on October 15, 2011, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, Martinez was eastbound on Highway 126, near Old Telegraph Road, in Fillmore. California Highway Patrol officials say Martinez tried to veer out of the way of a semi-truck traveling west that had entered into his lane while trying to avoid a gold Nissan SUV.
Officials say the driver of the SUV had failed to yield right-of-way at a stop sign, before entering the highway. The semi-truck, driven by 30-year-old Ionut Rusu, crashed into Martinez’s Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Martinez died at the scene. The crash is being investigated as a “non-contact-hit-and-run” because the driver of the Nissan, who caused the collision, fled the scene. Officials are looking for the Nissan and its driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP at 805-477-4100.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this hit-and-run accident victim, Eusebio Martinez Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 33 injuries occurred involving Fillmore car accidents. In Ventura County as a whole, 57 people died and 3,421 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the gold Nissan SUV not only failed to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles at a stop sign, but also caused a crash and left without stopping to help the victims. Appalling! Leaving the scene of an injury collision is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). Drivers are required to stop and remain at the scene until authorities arrive even if their vehicle did not make contact with the other.
Possible Stop Sign Violation
California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
If you have any information about this hit-and-run driver, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
In these types of accidents, the family of a hit-and-run car accident victim is often left holding expensive bills, while coping with a tremendous emotional burden. Families in such as situation would be well-advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident attorney will also advise victims or their families about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is not identified, or is uninsured or underinsured.
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Many people in California do not make complete stops when they approach a stop sign and are ticketed on a frequent basis. Do you feel that this deserves a ticket?