A 69-year-old woman was killed in a Riverside County car accident, which officials say involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a CBS news article, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the morning of September 21, 2012 near Brookridge Lane and Washington Street in Murrieta. California Highway Patrol officials said the woman was found lying on the side of Brookridge. Family members went in search of the woman after she failed to return home. The injuries to the woman were consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CHP’s Temecula office at 951-506-2000.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of this deceased hit-and-run victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and seven were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in Murrieta. In Riverside County as a whole, 32 fatalities and 349 injuries were reported involving pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck the victim and left her lying on the side of the roadway without care or medical attention. This is an appalling act, which shows a callous disregard for the welfare of a fellow human being! Motorists are required under the law to stop immediately and remain at the scene of an injury crash, regardless of whose fault the accident may have been.
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.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
I trust that authorities will soon apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Families of hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside 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 attorney will also advise the family about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.