Gregory Valenzuela, 22, Raoul Perez, 23, and Manuel Ruiz, 25, were all killed in a Sacramento car accident after the vehicle they were in collided with another near the intersection of Cosumnes River Boulevard and Center Parkway early morning on March 6, 2010. According to a KCRA News report, 25-year-old Omar Carrasco was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run charges since he fled the scene of the crash on foot. Officials said the collision occurred between a Lincoln driven by Carrasco and an Acura. Police are also saying that one of the vehicles ran a red light.
Hit-and-Driver Just Got His License Back
Carrasco apparently just had his license reinstated two days before this fatal crash. He had had his license suspended five times since 2007 for a drunk driving offense, failure to appear for a DUI notice, not completing a DUI treatment program and canceling his auto insurance. Officials said Carrasco was found much later on the day of the crash, at a hospital being treated for injuries he had sustained in the crash.
What Caused this Fatal Collision?
I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Valenzuela, Perez and Ruiz for their devastating loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Based on this news report, it is not clear whether Carrasco was under the influence at the time of the crash. Officials are also looking into who failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection and caused the collision. If Carrasco is determined to have caused the accident by running a red light, he could be looking at serious criminal charges and civil liability in this hit-and-run car accident. In addition, he fled the scene of an accident, which is a felony offense.
Laws and Liability Issues
Hit-and-run is a serious crime in California. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “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.”
The victims’ families in this case would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer who will analyze all aspects and make sure that the negligent parties are held responsible. Given Carrasco’s driving record, I doubt he had any car insurance coverage. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise families about how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run case or to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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