A 43-year-old mother suffered life-threatening injuries when a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of drugs ran a red light outside a San Pedro school and caused a vehicle to strike her.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the incident occurred the morning of March 23, 2015.
Officials say the woman had just
walked her child to Barton Hill Elementary School and was on her way home when she was struck.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured woman and her family members. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Police say the driver ran a red light at Pacific Avenue and O’Farrell Street, crashed broadside into a truck and spun into another car waiting at the light. One of the vehicles struck the woman. The driver who caused the crash did not stop. Another driver involved in the collision followed the driver and tried to get him to stop, but the hit-and-run driver sped away.
However, officials did get an anonymous tip that helped police locate the driver about two blocks from the scene of the crash. Police suspect that he was under the influence of drugs, possibly marijuana. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and felony hit-and-run.
Leaving the Scene of the Crash
Based on the news report, the driver was not only operating under the influence of drugs, but also struck the woman in a school zone and then fled the scene of the crash despite another driver’s attempts to make him stop.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Motorists are required to stop, remain at the scene and exchange pertinent information with the other parties involved. Most importantly, they are required to assist injured victims. The driver in this case did none of the above.
We are relieved to note that he was apprehended and hope he will be brought to justice.
Fault and Liability Issues
In this particular case, the driver can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and damages. The injured victim can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims and their families in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has successfully financially pursued DUI drivers. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.