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Pedestrian Dies in Stockton Fleeing Driver Accident 

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June 26, 2024
Edward Smith

Stockton Fleeing Driver Accident Causes Fatality on North El Dorado Street

A pedestrian who died on June 21 in a Stockton fleeing driver accident has been identified. The deceased pedestrian is Stockton resident Terrance Ritzow, age 26. The collision occurred, according to the Stockton Police Department, at North El Dorado Street at the intersection of White Slough at about 2:55 a.m. 

Police Seek Information From Witnesses to Stockton Fleeing Driver Accident

Authorities said Ritzow was on foot in that area when a vehicle struck him and left the scene. Ritzow passed away from his injuries later. Authorities have no information on the vehicle or driver. The accident is under investigation. Those with information are requested to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 936-0600. Information that leads to the arrest of the responsible driver may receive an award.

Fatal Accidents and Claims for Wrongful Death

When a fatal Stockton fleeing driver accident occurs in Stockton due to a negligent driver, the victim’s family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation. An experienced accident attorney can help identify the responsible party and determine whether their negligence caused the death. Usually, the surviving spouse and children file the wrongful death claim. In the absence of a spouse or children, other family members, such as parents or siblings, may initiate the claim.

Finding the Driver Who Fled in the Stockton Fleeing Driver Accident 

Our law firm is experienced in locating the motorist involved in a Stockton fleeing driver accident. We check the police report, interview witnesses, collect evidence at the scene, and examine nearby surveillance cameras. We also check body shops for vehicles with appropriate damage that have been brought in for repair. It is our goal to locate fleeing drivers so they can be held responsible for their actions.

Compensation Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim

Compensation commonly recovered in a wrongful death claim after the death of a pedestrian may include the following:

  • Funeral and burial or cremation expenses for the deceased
  • Lost wages the deceased would have earned until retirement
  • Loss of consortium, love, and affection for the surviving spouse
  • Loss of nurturing and affection for the children
  • Loss of household support and assistance

If the Driver Cannot Be Located

If the driver who fled the scene cannot be located, the family may use an uninsured/underinsured auto policy to recover compensation, which can help ease their financial burden. The rates do not change when using this policy. An accident lawyer can help by negotiating on their behalf to reach a fair settlement.

Watch the video below where accident lawyer Ed Smith explains a wrongful death lawsuit:


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Stockton Lawyer for Wrongful Death 

My name is Ed Smith, a dedicated Stockton lawyer for wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver, please contact us at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice on filing a wrongful death claim. Alternatively, you can reach out to us online for your convenience. We offer a free case review with one of our experienced accident attorneys, available either virtually or in person. During this session, you can ask questions and explore your options for recovering damages for your family.

Photo attribution: Image by Thomas Mühl from Pixabay

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