Four people were injured in a San Diego car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a 10News report, the hit-and-run crash occurred at the intersection of Island Avenue and 25th Street in the Sherman Heights neighborhood, the morning of June 25, 2011. Officials say the suspect was speeding in a Ford Escort and went through a stop sign, before crashing into a Jeep. Three occupants in the Escort were hospitalized for injuries including head and hip injuries, while the driver of the Jeep was also injured and hospitalized. The driver of the Escort fled the scene of the crash on foot. Officials are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
San Diego Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 81 people were killed and 6,123 were injured in San Diego car accidents. During the same year, there were 246 fatalities and 13,527 injuries reported as a result of San Diego County car accidents.
Violation of Laws
It appears from the report that the driver responsible for this crash was not only speeding, but also ran a stop sign before hitting the Jeep. 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.”
Additionally, the driver fled the scene of the crash leaving injured victims lying in the wreckage. Despicable! Not only is it inhumane and irresponsible to leave the scene of an injury crash, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “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.”
I certainly hope the hit-and-run driver in this case is soon apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our web site, www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Victims of hit-and-run crashes would 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 car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run crash, or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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