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Sacramento Police Look for Driver Who Caused Pedestrian Fatality

Fatal Accident on Fruitridge Road Involves Hit-and-Run Driver

A pedestrian fatality was reported in Sacramento on October 27 after a man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Police are conducting an active search for the fleeing driver. The Sacramento Police Department reported that the collision occurred along Fruitridge Road close to Power Inn Road sometime before 6:18 a.m. 

Pedestrian Dies After Arriving at Hospital

The man who was struck reportedly suffered major injuries. Although he was transported by paramedics with the Sacramento Fire Department to a nearby hospital, he, unfortunately, didn’t survive. By the time police arrived at the scene, the driver had already fled. 

Pedestrian Fatality Accident Being Investigated

Crime scene investigators and detectives with the major collision section of the police department examined the area for evidence and witnesses to the pedestrian fatality crash. The identity of the deceased pedestrian will not be released until family members have been notified by the coroner’s office.

Sacramento Police Seeks Help From the Public

Sacramento police are asking for information about the pedestrian fatality accident from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers (916) 443-4357 or the police department (916) 808-5471. Information that leads to the identity of the driver may result in a reward.

How an Attorney Can Help in a Pedestrian Fatality 

A number of these fleeing drivers have been located by our law firm. In order to accomplish this, we conduct an investigation and work with local authorities. The following are some areas where investigative techniques are used:

  • It is important for investigators to go to the scene of a hit-and-run accident as soon as possible so they can collect evidence before it is buried or lost. As vehicle manufacturers use different types of metal, lights, and paint, dropped pieces can be used to identify the vehicle’s make and model.
  • Businesses, homes, and surveillance cameras in the area are checked for evidence of the accident. 
  • Interviews are conducted with any witnesses to the hit-and-run. In some cases, witnesses can even help identify the driver of the vehicle. Cell phone cameras carried by witnesses have sometimes captured accidents as they occurred.
  • During accident reconstruction, the scene is examined. As a result of this type of forensic reconstruction, it is possible to determine the initial position of the pedestrian and vehicle, as well as who was at fault. 

Our accident attorneys begin working on the pedestrian fatality case once all evidence has been collected. As a result, they build a strong case to support their client’s personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Insurance Coverage for a Pedestrian Fatality

If the fleeing driver isn’t found, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may be used to recover damages. If the pedestrian did not have this coverage but a family member did, that may be utilized instead. It will not affect the rates in the future.

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. Wrongful death claims may be available to families when a loved one dies if it was caused by another’s negligent actions. Our compassionate, free and friendly advice is available at (916) 921-6400. Alternatively, you can reach us online or by calling (800) 404-5400. If you would like to discuss the different options for recovering compensation and have your case reviewed, either in person or virtually, a free consultation can be arranged.

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