Vehicle accidents often cause serious injuries and can even lead to death. In the event of auto-pedestrian accidents, catastrophic bodily harm is even more likely for the person hit by the vehicle. In the case of a hit-and-run in Vacaville, California, these types of injuries led to the death of a 28-year-old man.
The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Dec 5. Police arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a dead body. The body of the man was found on the west edge of Peabody Road. Authorities indicate the man had been carrying a backpack. Police notified California Highway Patrol, and the roadway was blocked off for investigation.
Investigators were able to recover vehicle parts that contained VIN information. Using that information, they traced the accident to a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado owned by a 23-year-old man. The man was arrested without event on Dec. 6. The truck was found in front of the man’s parents’ home in Vacaville.
Authorities believe the 23-year-old man struck the pedestrian several hours before they arrived on the scene. They also report that the pedestrian was walking south on Peabody Road when the accident occurred. The incident occurred north of the Chuck Hammond Drive intersection.
When a pedestrian dies in an auto-pedestrian accident, grieving family members can be left with funeral and medical expenses. In cases where the pedestrian is lucky enough to pull through, expenses and other losses can be debilitating. Victims should understand their rights and compensation options before settling with insurance companies in any pedestrian-related accident case.
Source: The Reporter, “Man dies in hit-and-run accident; suspect arrested,” Catherine Bowen, Dec. 6, 2012