Alexander Garcia, a 2-year-old boy, was seriously injured in a car accident in Visalia, which officials say, was caused by a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the Visalia Times Delta, the injury car accident occurred late morning on March 12, 2011 in the 2300 block of North Rinaldi Street. Officials say it appears the woman was looking for a garage sale when she struck the child who was riding a non-motorized scooter in the cul-de-sac. The child sustained a broken arm. The woman, believed to be Latino and driving a brown or tan colored SUV with white paper plates and black lettering, drove away from the scene after she realized that she had struck the child. Police believe the hit-and-run suspect is a regular garage sale patron. Anyone with information is asked to contact Visalia Police at 559-734-8116.
I sincerely hope that this little boy did not suffer major injuries in this hit-and-run car accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Alexander Garcia and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 31 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Visalia. In Tulare County as a whole, nine people died and 88 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident
Based on this news report, the suspect got out of the SUV, saw what had happened and then, got into the car and drove away. Apparently, there were two children in her car as well. How could anyone strike and seriously injure a toddler and then drive away from the scene without even attempting to help? Appalling! I trust that this hit-and-run suspect will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. If you have information, please visit our hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to leave a completely anonymous tip. This reward program, which offers $1,000 for a tip leading to a felony conviction, is in place to make sure that hit-and-run drivers are found and held accountable for their actions.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is also a felony crime.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Injured victims of hit-and-run car accidents would be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer should also inform victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run incident where the driver is never identified, or in an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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