Pedestrian Left in Exit Lane by Hit and Run Driver

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September 20, 2017
Edward Smith


Pedestrian Left in Exit Lane by Hit and Run Driver

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley wrongful death lawyer. A pedestrian who died September 5 in San Rafael after being struck by a hit and run driver on U.S. Route 101 has been identified.

I would like to extend my condolences to the family in this their time of sorrow and loss.

Details of the Accident

The victim of the accident was Haiyuan Zhu, a 66-year-old San Francisco resident. A call came in shortly after 8:30 in the evening on Tuesday reporting the accident. When emergency crews arrived from the sheriff’s office in Marin County, the California Highway Patrol and police and fire department in San Rafael, they discovered Zhu in the lane that exits for Lucas Valley Road. He was lying near the entrance for vehicles going to the area used for the buses. However, there was no sign of the vehicle that had struck the man. Officials at the scene stated that the man’s injuries appeared as though he had been hit by a vehicle. Despite efforts to save his life, the man was declared dead a short time after arriving at a medical center for Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael.

Authorities Seek Driver in Fatal Hit and Run

Following the hit and run accident, the sheriff’s office for Marin County and the CHP have been conducting an investigation into what happened. Information is being sought from the public to locate the driver who struck the accident victim and fled.

Hit and Run Accidents

The number of hit and run accidents has increased in recent years. In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in this country. Statistics by the California Office of Traffic Safety show that there were 61 hit and run accidents in Berkeley itself in 2014, as well as 98 accidents involving pedestrians. Statistics include both those who were injured and those who died as a result of their accidents.

California Hit and Run

California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states that anyone in an accident with another motor vehicle that causes an injury or the death of another individual must stay at the accident scene and provide name, address and driver’s license number to the other driver. They are also obligated to give assistance to the injured person or remain with the deceased person, whether the victim is in a motor vehicle, on a motorcycle or bicycle or is a pedestrian. Leaving the scene of the accident or failure to comply by providing information results in a hit and run.

When You Are Struck in a Hit and Run Accident

  • Remain at the accident scene.
  • Do not attempt to follow the driver who hit you.
  • If you can, pull your vehicle out of harm’s way.
  • Try to get the driver’s license plate number.
  • Write down the vehicle’s description, whether motor vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle.
  • Write down any marks that help distinguish the vehicle from others such as dents, scrapes, etc.
  • Phone police for assistance, and provide them with the information.
  • Call your insurance company.
  • Call your lawyer if you have one.

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