A 28-year-old man sustained serious injuries in a San Diego car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury crash occurred in the 100 block of East Park Avenue in San Ysidro, past midnight on August 13, 2011. Police say the victim suffered a broken leg and is expected to recover. The driver did not stop and fled the scene. The vehicle has been described as a beige, four-door vehicle that was northbound at the time. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the victim of this hit-and-run car accident. I'm relieved to note that he has not suffered life-threatening injuries. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. He will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 18 fatalities and 494 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Diego. Countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 57 lives and injured 937 people, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it is not clear if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk. Regardless of whose fault this accident was, the driver had the legal obligation to stop and remain at the scene of the crash. 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."
Leaving the scene of a crash is not only illegal, but it is also an unconscionable act. In this case, the driver left the pedestrian lying on the roadway with a broken leg! Officials are looking for this hit-and-run driver. If you saw this incident occur or have any information about the driver or the suspect vehicle, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site, www.hitandrunreward.com, to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. Let us work together as community members to help law enforcement apprehend such drivers and hold them accountable.
Protecting Victims' Rights
Injured victims of hit-and-run drivers would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also inform victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is never found, or, in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.