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Riverside Hit-and-Run Car Accident Injures Teenager


A 14-year-old boy was injured in a Riverside car accident, that police report, was caused by a hit-and-run driver the afternoon of November 8, 2010. According to a news report in The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the pedestrian accident occurred near Central Avenue and Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore. The boy was hit by a Saturn Vue SUV, which left the scene of the accident. The boy suffered injuries to his left side and arm. A witness apparently provided the license plate of the hit-and-run car to police. The driver, Rachael Mary Panza, 47, was arrested in her home. She was found passed out in her bedroom. Panza has been charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

I am relieved to hear that the young boy was not seriously injured in this hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers from his injuries.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 16 were injured in Lake Elsinore DUI collisions. During that same year, there were 101 fatalities and 1,090 injuries as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in all of Riverside County.

Violations of the Law

Based on this news report, the driver, Panza, was not only under the influence at the time of the car accident, but she also left the scene of the pedestrian accident. I’m appalled to hear that this woman struck and injured a boy and then fled without even stopping to see if he was OK! I’m certainly glad that this dangerous driver has been taken off our roadways. I also commend the witness who was able to provide officials with the hit-and-run vehicle’s license plate, which made the arrest possible.

According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” It is also a serious crime under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an injury car accident.

Liability Issues

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, injured victims or their family members would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to better advise victims about how their car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is never found or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

Seriously injured in a Riverside County hit-and-run car accident? Want to know if you have a case? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation for your injuries? Want justice? Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else?

Call your best friends in the legal industry after a Lake Elsinore pedestrian accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

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