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.
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.