Fatal Auburn Hit-and-Run Kills One, Injures Two

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October 18, 2019
Edward Smith

Fatal Auburn Hit-and-Run Kills One, Injures Two

Local authorities reported that a fatal Auburn hit-and-run took place on Wednesday, October 17, 2019. Auburn Police Department (APD) officers stated that the crash happened in the early morning and injured three people. One of the injured people tragically passed away due to their trauma. The second individual suffered minor injuries while the third was transported to a hospital for major trauma but is expected to recover. The decedent has been identified as Ryan Bonari, an Auburn resident and father. Police say that they arrested the suspected hit-and-run driver late Wednesday night.

Crash Information

According to APD, the collision took place just before 2:00 a.m. on the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue. An unidentified vehicle reportedly struck two pedestrians and immediately began to drive away from the scene. As the driver was backing up in order to flee, their vehicle struck a third pedestrian who was rushing to aid the first two. Witnesses at the site of the crash reportedly told officers that the first collision seemed intentional.

Police reportedly arrested the suspected driver at his home in the nearby community of Foresthill at about 10:50 p.m. The driver was booked into the Placer County Jail with multiple felony charges related to the collision. Reports indicated that no bail has been set.

Investigation and Fundraiser

As police investigate this accident, they have released very little information about the incident. A press release issued the day after the accident by APD stated that it would not be “prudent to provide certain information (…) for the integrity of the investigation.”

A fundraiser to benefit Bonari’s family during this difficult time can be found here.

Coping with Grief

Crashes can be very traumatic for families. Suddenly losing a person that you depend on often leaves people feeling overwhelmed by a complex set of emotions. During this time, it’s normal to feel confused, angry, depressed, or even numb. While everybody processes these emotions differently, it’s important to focus on spending time with your family and friends and taking care of yourself while you are experiencing grief. It’s also important to make sure that you and your family have the stability you need during a difficult period of time.

After a fatal crash, it’s common for families to face serious financial challenges. Often, a fatal collision will mean losing an important source of income in your household as well as access to services like childcare, home repair, cleaning, cooking, and more. These pressures can be worsened by medical bills related to the incident and having to pay for funeral and burial expenses. Fortunately, families can file wrongful death claims against negligent parties in order to recover payments for these losses.

To learn about how your family can recover after suffering such a loss, it’s best to speak personally with a local wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Because most lawyers won’t charge you for a phone consultation, it’s a great way to get the information you need to move forward with your wrongful death case.

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