A 77-year-old woman suffered severe injuries in a San Diego area pedestrian accident, which officials said, involved a hit-and-run driver who they suspect was also driving under the influence.
According to a City News Service report, the major injury collision occurred as the elderly pedestrian was walking in a crosswalk in the 6400 block of La Jolla Boulevard in the city of La Jolla.
A male driver, 60, driving a Ford Expedition, struck the woman.
The driver initially pulled over, but then left the scene quickly. The woman was hospitalized with a broken pelvis.
The driver was later arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this crash. We wish her the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver violated a number of laws. Officials say he was under the influence while driving, which is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a).
It also appears that the driver failed to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who was walking in a marked crosswalk, a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a).
And to top it all off, officials say, he fled the scene of the crash without helping the injured victim and before authorities could arrive.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the crash.
Fault & Liability
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable.
Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any injury claim against a governmental entity must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.