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Pedestrian Killed in Placerville Hit and Run

Deadly Hit and Run on Broadway

On the evening of Friday, April 23, 2021, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Placerville, according to a statement released by the Placerville Police Department.

Several 911 calls were received from witnesses who reported that a vehicle hit a pedestrian on Broadway in the area of the 1800 block at approximately 8:31 p.m.  Several callers reported that the suspect vehicle initially stopped but shortly thereafter, made the unwise and unethical decision to speed away. The direction of travel of the fleeing car, reported to be a dark-colored sedan, was east on Broadway. 

Police responded quickly to the scene, where they located a pedestrian with severe injuries. Life-saving measures were immediately begun, and the victim was quickly transported to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he passed away later that night.

The crash remains under investigation, and anyone with further information is asked to please call the Placerville Police Department at 530-642-5210.

Placerville Hit and Run Driver Committed a Felony

California Vehicle Code Section 20001 governs what a person must do if they are a party to an accident that results in serious injury or death to another person. First and foremost, the law requires that the driver must stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident. If the accident results in the death or severe, permanent injury to another person, and the driver leaves the scene, he or she is subject to state imprisonment for up to four years, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Aside from the legal ramifications of leaving the scene of the accident after striking and injuring a pedestrian, the act is inhumane – one has to ask how a person could leave another injured and potentially dying individual in the street without summoning help.

Pedestrians and Risky Driving

There have been a number of recent traffic studies that reveal risky and reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving while impaired, have been on the rise since restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. At the same time, the number of pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads has increased. This makes for a deadly combination.  Walking at night is particularly dangerous – both due to the decreased visibility and the increased likelihood that drivers may be impaired.

Watch the YouTube video. Below is a short clip with tips for walking safely at night.

The 1800 Block of Broadway

This tragic incident occurred on a rural, two-lane stretch of road. There are a few businesses along one side of Broadway, but the area is fairly secluded. It is fortunate that there were witnesses to this incident, so first responders could be alerted and that a description of the suspect vehicle could be given to authorities.

Placerville Personal Injury Lawyer

Hello, and thank you for visiting our legal blog and reading our report of this recent deadly Placerville hit and run. My name is Ed Smith, and I’ve been a practicing Placerville personal injury lawyer for more than 38 years.  Every day in Northern California, travelers are injured in automobile accidents. Unfortunately, families also lose loved ones to accidents with unacceptable frequency. If you have been injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, or your family has suffered a heartbreaking loss due to wrongful death like the subject of this report, our compassionate injury lawyers can help. You do not have to deal with frustrating insurance adjusters on your own. For free and friendly legal advice related to your potential claim, please give us a call at (530) 392-9400, or from outside the local area code, use our toll-free number: (800) 404-5400.

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