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Woman Arrested After Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Fresno County

Woman Arrested After Hit and Run in Fresno County

A Firebaugh woman was arrested after a fatal hit and run accident near Minkler in Fresno County, CA, on the early morning of Sunday, June 28, 2020. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on eastbound Highway 180 just east of Piedra Road, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). A 32-year-old Firebaugh woman was driving a 2000 Toyota eastbound on CA-180 when she reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian. The driver of the Toyota allegedly fled the scene and was stopped a short time after by a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy. She was arrested by CHP officers on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and hit and run. The victim who was killed in the hit and run pedestrian accident was identified as 42-year-old Heather Martinez of Fresno. Further details about the fatal accident were not immediately available as an investigation into the collision is ongoing.

Losing a Loved One to Wrongful Death

For a family, there is nothing more devastating than the loss of a close relative in a pedestrian accident. While there are no ways of making up for such heartbreaking losses, California law does provide families with the right to hold negligent parties accountable through a wrongful death claim. When the case involves a hit and run driver, the wrongful death claims process can be challenging for surviving family members to navigate on their own. Fortunately, an experienced Fresno wrongful death attorney can help in these situations. An attorney can hire private investigators to locate the at-fault party to hold them financially accountable for their wrongful actions. If this is not successful, a lawyer can explore other options available to survivors for recovery.

Financial Recourse in Fresno County Hit and Run Accident Cases

A family may receive compensation for damages caused by a fatal pedestrian accident through a wrongful death claim. Survivors may be entitled to reimbursement of a loved one’s medical treatment and expenses that were incurred between the time of the fatal accident and their passing. They may also be compensated for funeral and burial expenses, lost future financial support, benefits, and household services, and loss of companionship, affection, and protection. In the case of a hit and run, the options for recovery may be limited if the at-fault party is not found. A family may seek financial recourse through their loved one’s insurance policy or their own if they carry uninsured motorist coverage. This type of insurance will generally cover personal injury or wrongful death damages incurred in a hit and run.

The type and amount of damages a family may receive through a wrongful death case will vary upon a wide array of factors. To learn about what types of compensation you and your family may receive after a loved one’s wrongful death, speak to an experienced attorney. If you are unsure of what to look for in a reputable attorney who is experienced in handling cases like yours, watch the video below.

How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help Your Family

Losing a close relative to a fatal pedestrian accident can leave an overwhelming emotional and financial hardship on grieving family members. If you have experienced a loss in the family due to the negligence of someone else, the Fresno wrongful death lawyers of AutoAccident.com can help. We can discuss your options for recovery in a wrongful death case through a free and confidential consultation.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Fresno

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno pedestrian accident lawyer. The loss of a loved one after a fatal hit and run pedestrian accident is devastating, but a compassionate and experienced accident attorney can help you and your family take the steps necessary for building a secure future. Call me anytime at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400 to schedule a consultation. I can provide you my free, friendly advice on how to obtain justice on behalf of your loved one and recover fair compensation in your time of loss.

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