Hit-and-Run Accident Fatally Injures Pedestrian Near Fresno County
I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno truck accident lawyer. A pedestrian was walking along a rural road south of Selma on the evening of Monday, September 11, 2017. The pedestrian was struck by an alleged hit-and-run tractor-trailer truck. The injured party, unfortunately, succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
We would like to extend our deepest thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of the party that passed away in this devastating hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 8:54 pm. CHP was contacted regarding a deceased man found along the south shoulder of Mountain View Avenue in the vicinity of Van Horn Avenue. The man was allegedly walking in the eastbound lane of Mountain View Avenue and was wearing dark clothing. A 37-year-old Riverdale man was behind the wheel of a 2008 Volvo three-axle truck eastbound along Mountain View Avenue. The truck driver did not see the man walking in the road and collided with the man.
The truck driver initially fled the scene following the collision, however, was advised to return back to the area per his employer. The truck driver arrived at the scene about an hour later and cooperated with authorities with the investigation. Authorities determined that the truck driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, he was detained for leaving the scene initially and arrested for felony hit-and-run.
Was the Pedestrian Injured?
Emergency responders were immediately dispatched to the area of the pedestrian accident. When they arrived, they located the injured pedestrian. The pedestrian was, unfortunately, pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the victim has not yet been released due to pending notification of his next-of-kin.
What Caused the Pedestrian Accident?
It is still too soon to determine the cause of the pedestrian accident. Law enforcement agencies usually take one to two weeks to process a Traffic Collision Report. It is important to note that not all traffic reports are entirely accurate. If a victim has passed away in a hit-and-run accident, it is critical to contact an experienced Fresno accident lawyer. An attorney with years of experience can conduct a solo investigation of the crash scene and examine the sequence of events leading up to the collision to pinpoint causation.
Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Pedestrians
It is unfathomable that a driver would flee the scene of a car accident. However, such incidents are not uncommon in the State of California. When a negligent motorist collides with a pedestrian, the resulting injuries are usually catastrophic or even fatal. Unlike vehicle occupants, pedestrians have no form of protection against a moving motor vehicle. All drivers are obligated to remain at the scene of a pedestrian accident to exchange information and/or render aid until emergency personnel arrive. Failure to do so could result in serious consequences. For more information, contact a Fresno accident lawyer.
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