Crash Kills Merced Woman

Crash Kills Merced Woman

Merced Woman Killed in Car Crash

We are learning of the tragic and untimely death of a vibrant young woman from Merced. She had a passion for working out that led her to Sacramento. Now her friends and family members are grieving her untimely passing after a hit-and-run collision occurred in the pocket area of Sacramento recently.

What Happened? 

Elise Eastman, a 26-year-old woman from Merced, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016. She died two days after being struck by a silver car that was pulling out of a Sacramento driveway. According to her boyfriend, Eastman was riding home after working out at a nearby gym. She was riding her motorcycle at the time.

The Life of Elise Eastman

So many people that new Elise Eastman told the Merced Sun-Star what an amazing woman she was. Her sister described her as a bright light in the world. Her boyfriend said Elise was the best woman he ever knew. Others talked about her incredible love for fitness and how so many enjoyed being trained by her. She helped countless people meet their fitness goals in a fun and exciting way. She was also described as an accomplished singer, piano player, and athlete. She will be truly missed by all.

We extend our condolences to the friends, clients, and family members of Ms. Eastman during this difficult time.

Investigation Into the Crash

A police spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, Officer M. McPhail told the Merced Sun-Star that an investigation is underway. Officer McPhail indicated that no arrests have been made. Officer McPhail requests witnesses with information may contact: Hit and Run Hotline at (916) 808-6030. If you would like your tip to be anonymous, download the smartphone app called P3 Tips. You may also call the Sacramento Police Department with any information you may have at (916) 264-5471.

Hit and Run Vehicle Description

Police continue to search for the vehicle they believe was involved in the collision. Police are looking for a late model sedan. Officers think the hit-and-run vehicle may be a Hyundai or Honda. There may be damage on the driver’s side of the sedan.

Importance of an Independent Investigation

It typically takes the investigating agency about one or two weeks to prepare a traffic collision report. Sometimes police reports are inconclusive or in error. This can leave the friends and family of the individual who passed away with several unanswered questions.

What An Experienced Attorney Will Look For

It is very important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney who is qualified to conduct an independent investigation into the sequence of events leading up to the collision. An experienced attorney will gather evidence from the accident scene, canvass for witnesses, look for surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the crash that may have captured some detail of the crime. Experienced auto accident attorneys also know how to handle collisions involving hit-and-run drivers. Even though the hit-and-run driver may not be located, insurance may still be available to cover medical expenses and other damages. Call an experienced auto accident attorney for more information.

Merced Auto Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced wrongful death attorney.  If you or someone you love has been tragically hurt or has lost their lives in an accident like the one outlined above, please call me anytime at (209) 227-1931 or (916) 921-6400 for free and friendly advice. You can also contact me free of toll at (800) 404-5400. I have been helping Sacramento and Merced residents and family members with their personal injury and/or wrongful death claims for more than 3 decades.

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