Hit-and-run leaves man dead in Vacaville, California

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

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Auto-pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death, because pedestrians have no protection against the force and weight of a vehicle. Those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents due to no fault of their own can seek justice by filing compensation claims against the negligent drivers. Similarly, relatives of those killed in such crashes may have a right to compensation for their losses.

A 51-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian after crashing into him and driving with him stuck in the windshield of her vehicle for about two miles. The hit-and-run accident took place close to Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue in Torrance at around 11:25 p.m. on Nov. 24. After reportedly crashing into the man, the woman drove on until she was stopped by witnesses around Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street. The victim, aged 31, was apparently still embedded in the windshield after the car came to a halt. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver, a drug abuse counselor, was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, murder and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other charges. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Dec. 17.

As well as leading to pain and suffering, auto-pedestrian accidents can also cause substantial financial loss. Victims of accidents may have to pay for medical treatment, and they may also lose wages if their injuries prevent them from going to work. Filing for compensation and negotiating for an accident settlement may enable them to meet these costs.

Source: NBC Southern California, “Drug Counselor Accused of DUI in Deadly Hit-and-Run Pleads Not Guilty,” Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, Dec. 18, 2012