Update | Placerville Hit-and-Run Costs Life of Juvenile

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June 13, 2023
Edward Smith

Juvenile Struck and Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on Highway 50

A juvenile was killed in a hit-and-run in Placerville on June 9 after being struck by a vehicle around 3:00 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident report, the crash happened along Highway 50 near El Dorado Road. The driver fled the scene. Authorities think the vehicle involved in the accident was a white Honda Accord made between 2018 and 2022. The teen who died attended Divide High School. A GoFundMe site has been established by family members to help with the funeral expenses.

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought by Authorities

The identification of the fleeing vehicle is based on the evidence left at the fatality scene. Those who have information about the accident are asked to contact the CHP traffic accident investigators at Placerville by calling (530) 748-2450.

Watch YouTube Video – CBS Sacramento – Search On for Driver After Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run in Placerville

Identifying a Hit-and-Run Driver

In the course of our diligent investigative work, our firm has been able to locate a number of fleeing drivers. Bystanders who witnessed the accident are asked about the driver and the vehicle. We can put together the puzzle even with the simplest clues, such as the color and make of the vehicle, any distinguishing stickers on the car, the driver’s description, and parts of the license plate number. We perform accident reconstruction, check surveillance cameras in the area and execute other investigative techniques to identify the fleeing driver.

Accidents Caused by Drivers Who Flee

Accidents caused by drivers who leave the accident scene can have a variety of causes. Here are a few of the most common:

  • There is an outstanding warrant against the driver.
  • Alcohol or drugs have been consumed by the vehicle operator, and he or she does not want to be arrested.
  • There is a fear that disciplinary action will be taken against the vehicle’s operator because they don’t have a valid driver’s license.
  • There is an out-of-date registration on the vehicle.
  • As a result of their panic, the driver flees the scene.

Accidents Involving a Fleeing Driver and Obtaining Compensation

If the fleeing driver is not apprehended, many clients fear they will not receive compensation. It is also possible that the fleeing driver does not have enough insurance to cover all damages. Our firm assists our clients by using their underinsured or uninsured driver policies to reimburse them for all damages when a driver either isn’t located or has no automobile insurance. 

The Use of an Uninsured/Underinsured Driver Policy

There are many California drivers without proper insurance or with just the bare minimum coverage, so many of them carry an optional uninsured/underinsured policy. If you or your family suffer injuries or fatalities in an accident, this insurance will cover you and your family up to the policy limit. If the person who was injured or died does not have this insurance and another family member does, theirs can be used instead. The policy rates remain unaffected.

In this video, attorney Ed Smith discusses uninsured insurance coverage:

Placerville Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Placerville personal injury lawyer. When you’ve lost a family member due to another’s negligent actions, your family has the right to file a wrongful death claim. By placing a claim, you can avoid some of the financial stress that comes with sudden death, and it can help your family obtain closure and a sense of justice for your loss. Call our accident attorneys at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice about your claim for compensation against the negligent party. You can also contact us online.

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