Modesto Man Passes Away During Hospitalization
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto wrongful death attorney. A Modesto man was riding his motorcycle in Modesto on December 14, 2017. The motorcyclist was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a pickup truck, leaving the man with serious injuries. Tragically, doctors were unable to save the motorcyclist and he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on December 30, 2017.
We send our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of Mr. Wood during this heart-wrenching, devastating time.
A motorcyclist was traveling westbound along Highway 108 and Highway 120 near O’Byrnes Ferry Road at about 5:30 pm. At the same time, a driver of a pickup truck was traveling in front of the motorcyclist. For unknown reasons, the pickup truck driver completed a U-turn in front of the motorcyclist along the south shoulder of the roadway. The motorcyclist was unable to react in time, resulting in a collision with the driver’s side of the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck allegedly fled the scene following the accident, leaving the victim to suffer from his injuries.
Nature of Injuries
Emergency responders transported the injured motorcyclist to an area hospital for treatment of major injuries. Officials reported that the man succumbed to his injuries during hospitalization on December 30, 2017.
Identity of Victim
Officials identified the identity of the victim as 55-year-old Michael Wood of Modesto.
Hit-and-Run Suspect Remains Outstanding
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has not yet identified the suspect driver of the pickup truck involved in this hit-and-run accident. Investigators describe the suspect vehicle as an American pickup truck with faded, white paint color. The pickup truck is a single cab with a green company logo adorned along the driver’s side of the vehicle. The suspect driver was described as a man of Latino descent, presumably in his 30’s or 40’s. The damage to the pickup truck is believed to be along the driver’s side to the rear wheel. Anyone with information regarding this hit-and-run accident is advised to contact the Sonora Area CHP office at (209) 984-3944.
Coverage in Hit-and-Run Accidents
Victims of hit-and-run accidents may be unaware of the coverage available to them following their losses. Those who are policyholders of Uninsured Motorist Protection (UM) may utilize this coverage to cover damages such as:
Although UM coverage is not required on an automobile insurance policy by California state law, it can easily prove indispensable after an accident.
Any party involved in a traffic accident is required to remain at the scene until officials or medical personnel arrive to assess to the situation. Drivers are obligated to pull over and provide identification to other parties involved in an accident, in accordance to California Vehicle Code 20002 (a). Lack of identification and presence at an accident scene may be accounted as a misdemeanor or even felony hit-and-run, even if the fleeing party did not cause the collision. Many times, hit-and-run drivers commit these serious crimes due to:
There is never a valid excuse to flee the scene of an auto accident as there are serious penalties to follow. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a hit-and-run driver, you do not have to endure this hardship alone. If you are unsure how to handle the situation, it is important to contact a seasoned Modesto car accident lawyer to secure your rights. An experienced attorney can investigate further into the matter and shed light on the responsible party.
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