Late-night Fatal Hit And Run Pedestrian Accident In Santa Cruz

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Mar-2011

A 37-year-old man died after being struck by a hit-and-run-driver the night of March 26, according to SantaCruz.Patch.com. The man had just left a quinceañera celebration at the Veterans of Foreign Wars center, around 11:00 p.m., when he was hit while walking along Seventh Avenue, near Rodriguez Street, just outside Santa Cruz city limits. After the collision, the man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation into the identity of the hit-and-run-driver is ongoing, however it is believed that it was a female, driving a car described as a dark colored or black Chrysler 300 sedan with chrome rims. The model year of a car is more difficult to determine, especially in a night-time accident, although the alleged car was possibly a 1996 model.

Hit and run car accident cases are very difficult to resolve due to the fact that the at-fault-driver immediately leaves the scene of the accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), hit and run accidents account for an average of 18 percent of all collisions in California. Some investigations are conclusive and some are not, but in any hit and run case, the driver of the hit and run vehicle can be held liable for any medical expenses due to treatment and rehabilitation, as well as any pain and suffering caused by the injury. The driver can also be held accountable for emotional pain and suffering on the part of a victim’s family, in the case of a fatal pedestrian accident in Santa Cruz. In either situation, it is best to be well-informed of your legal rights.

The knowledgeable Santa Cruz hit and run accident attorneys of Van Der Walde & Associates have the skills and resources to advise you through this difficult time. They will work with you to hold those at-fault responsible and recover any financial and emotional losses and damages suffered as a result of your accident. Learn more about your legal options today at (800) 900-0863.

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