Mother and toddler son crossing the street on the crosswalk close up

Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Woman and Infant in Vineyard

Woman Pushing an Infant in a Stroller Struck by Driver

A hit-and-run driver struck and injured a woman pushing her infant in a stroller in Vineyard on February 7. The accident was captured on video as it happened at the Lucchesi Drive intersection with Harney Way at about 4:30 in the afternoon. According to the police report by the South Sacramento office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the woman, age 36, was crossing the street with her baby when a driver in a Honda Odyssey struck them while turning left onto Harney. 

Baby Ejected From Stroller in Hit-and-Run Accident

The impact of the collision knocked the pedestrian down and ejected the infant from the stroller. The driver then fled. Both the woman and her baby were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought by Authorities

The vehicle being driven by the hit-and-run driver is believed to be a 2003-2007 Honda Odyssey with damage to the rear bumper and bottom of the tailgate. The fleeing driver was described as having black, short hair and somewhere between 40 and 50 years of age. Those with information are asked to phone (916) 897-5600 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and ask to speak to Officer Young or Officer Taylor. It is also possible to call (918) 861-1300, which is the Sacramento CHP Communication Center.

Pedestrian Vulnerability

Pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries in a crash that involves a motor vehicle. Although motorists are expected to grant the right of way to people on foot and on smaller vehicles such as bicycles, they don’t always do that. It can leave a pedestrian with serious trauma and facing a long hospitalization, medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering that goes along with an injury. 

Our experienced injury attorneys have helped many people in Northern California to obtain the compensation they deserve. We believe that being injured by a negligent driver is bad enough. The injured pedestrian should never be responsible for the financial loss in addition.

Locating a Hit-and-Run Driver

We have a good record of locating hit-and-run drivers by conducting our own investigation. Our investigators search for a video of the accident from nearby businesses, homes, and traffic surveillance cameras. We review the police report for mistakes and interview any witnesses. In addition, accident reconstruction is performed, and a search made that can help identify the vehicle, such as broken metal pieces or paint smears. When the driver is found, a claim may be placed with their insurance company, or the case may be taken to civil court.

If the Driver Cannot Be Located

If the driver can’t be found, the injured pedestrian has the option of using their uninsured/underinsured auto policy to cover the financial loss from their injuries. This type of policy is an add-on that is offered to all California drivers when they elect to take auto insurance. When the injured person does not have this policy, and another member of the family does, they can use their insurance to pay for their injuries. Using the policy does not affect the rates.

Sacramento Accident Lawyers

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Sacramento accident lawyer. Contact me for free, friendly advice about your accident at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. I can also be contacted online.

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We have successfully handled many traffic accidents, pedestrian injuries, and wrongful death cases in Northern California since 1982. 

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