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Pedestrian Injured in San Diego Hit-and-Run Car Accident


Darlene Gadberry, 68, sustained serious injuries in a San Diego car accident after she was hit by a vehicle at a street intersection the evening of March 6, 2011. According to a news report in The Ramona Patch, the hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of Eighth and Main streets in Ramona. A pickup truck attempting a left turn onto Main from Eighth Street struck Gadberry as she was walking north at Eighth Street.

Gadberry suffered a cut to the back of her head, a broken pelvis, rib fractures and a collapsed lung. The pickup truck, which hit Gadberry, did not stop and continued on Main Street. Officials say Gadberry was crossing the road legally and had right-of-way at the time. The hit-and-run vehicle has only been described as a pickup truck, possibly blue, white or silver in color. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the victim of this serious injury hit-and-run car accident. I hope Gadberry makes a speedy and complete recovery from her serious injuries. Please keep this injured victim and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 fatalities and 80 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Also, countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 63 lives and caused 998 injuries in 2008.

Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Based on this news report, the pedestrian, Darlene Gadberry, was legally crossing in a marked crosswalk at the intersection. The driver failed to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian in a crosswalk, as required under California Vehicle Code Section 21950. Also, this driver fled the scene of a serious injury accident, leaving the victim lying on the roadway. The actions of this driver were truly appalling!

Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is against the law. This driver faces felony charges if and when apprehended. 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.”

If you have any information about this suspect or vehicle, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at to leave an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.

Protecting Victims’ Rights

Victims of hit-and-run car accidents and their families are often left holding various bills. They face significant expenses including medical, hospital, and physical therapy expenses as well as loss of earnings. Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also better advise victims about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is never identified or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

Seriously injured in a San Diego 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 Ramona pedestrian accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

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