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Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested in Fatal Motorcycle Accident


California Highway Patrol officials have determined that a motorcycle accident in San Dimas on June 6, 2010 that killed 36-year-old Michael Smith and seriously injured a 11-year-old boy, was not a solo crash, but a hit-and-run collision. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CHP officials arrested Ryan Ferreira, 39, on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run. Officials say Ferreira made an unsafe lane change near a motorcycle on a transition road between the southbound 57 Freeway and eastbound 10 Freeway.

Initial Determination Erroneous

Karen Ryan, the mother of the boy who suffered serious injuries in this horrific crash, said her son always maintained that they were hit by a truck. However CHP officers at first believed this was a solo crash possibly caused by excessive speed. Investigators said they initially found no physical evidence or got no eyewitness testimony suggesting that this was a hit-and-run crash. But recently recovered physical evidence along with information from an anonymous tipster, changed the course of the investigation and led to Ferreira’s arrest the morning of June 12, 2010.

I offer my deepest condolences to Michael Smith’s family and friends for their devastating loss. I’m relieved to hear that the young boy is recovering and is expected to be released from the hospital soon. I pray for his quick and complete recovery.

Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest

This hit-and-run crash is an excellent example, which shows that there are times when preliminary conclusions on the part of accident investigators can be erroneous. In this case officials concluded that Smith was speeding on his Honda CBR 1000 leading to strong public reactions and hurtful remarks made by online commenters.

The investigators’ decision to look into the child’s story as well as getting that crucial anonymous tip proved opportune here. It is not entirely clear what type of physical evidence they discovered. But it is indeed fortunate that the pieces of the puzzle came together in time for them to apprehend the suspect.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Injured victims can also seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and other costs incurred. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

If you have witnessed a hit and run accident please contact authorities or visit our web site,, to find out how you can leave an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward. It is appalling to think that someone would hit another person and then leave the scene of the accident. With your help we can put a stop to hit and run accidents by holding wrongdoers accountable.

Would you be more inclined to report a hit-and-run collision if you could tip anonymously?

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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