Two women have been arrested in connection with a fatal San Bernardino car accident that killed 38-year-old Gary Marshall. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the fatal car accident occurred the early morning of October 4, 2011 on Mojave Street in Hesperia. Officials say Megan Sofia Vasquez, 22, and 20-year-old Christin Nicole Briggs have been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.
Marshall was walking on Mojave near I Avenue, when he was struck by a vehicle in which Vasquez and Briggs were occupants. It is still not clear which one of them was driving the vehicle. Briggs was also arrested on suspicion of being an accessory. Neighbors say the two women, who also lived in the same neighborhood as Marshall, are known for speeding and driving recklessly. Marshall was only a few hundred feet from his home when he was hit.
My heart goes out to the family members and friends of Gary Marshall, who has been killed in this horrific hit-and-run car accident. Please keep his grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three fatalities and 13 injuries occurred involving pedestrian accidents in Hesperia. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 39 people died and 440 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that Vasquez and Briggs struck their neighbor, Marshall, and left him lying on the roadway. I’m relieved to hear that these women were arrested the same afternoon. What kind of a person strikes and fatally injures a neighbor and then leaves him lying on a dark street. Unconscionable! Leaving the scene of an injury crash is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of a crash.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino 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 better advise victims or their families about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
|Car Accident Attorneys in San Bernardino|
Do you think that a year long sentence for hit-and-run drivers who cause fatalities is an appropriate sentence?