A woman who was visiting the memorial site of a friend who was killed in a traffic accident weeks earlier was struck by an SUV that drove onto the curb. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injured woman had serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred the night of Dec. 20 at the southwest corner of Euclid Street and Francis Drive.
The woman was lighting candles near where he friend had died in a motorcycle crash. A man who was also with her was able to jump out of the way as he saw the SUV, a Chevy Suburban, coming right at them. The driver and the passenger of the Suburban ran away from the scene. Police are attempting to track down the suspects. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this injured woman who was hurt while ironically lighting candles in memory of her friend who had recently died in a motorcycle accident. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 24 deaths and 2,094 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13, 736 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why the SUV spun out of control and struck the woman. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Did alcohol or drugs play a part in this crash? Was the driver of the SUV distracted or inattentive? Was he traveling at an excessive rate of speed or driving at a speed that was dangerous, given the traffic and roadway conditions?
It also appears that driver and his passenger fled the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an injury crash is a felony crime under California law. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required to stop immediately at the scene of a crash, exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the collision and most importantly, get aid for the injured victim or victims.
In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who can stay on top of the investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can also guide victims and families regarding how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run case or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.