Ontario Man Fatally Injured in Pedestrian Accident
Ontario, CA (February 16th, 2021) – According to authorities, a pedestrian was fatally wounded on the evening of February 15th in Riverside. The victim was fatally struck by a driver that fled the scene of the accident.
According to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office, the hit-and-run victim, identified as 31-year-old Hector Cardenas of Ontario, was pronounced deceased at 7:54 p.m.
Riverside’s fire department responded to reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at the intersection of Essex Street and Jurupa Avenue at about 7:40 p.m. Responding officials subsequently found the struck victim on the roadway.
Based on preliminary investigations from the Riverside Police Department, it was revealed that a silver Subaru Impreza was traveling westbound on Jurupa Ave. and west of Florence St. Witnesses report the victim standing on the road in the path of oncoming traffic when he was struck by the vehicle. After the collision, the driver of the Subaru fled the crash site, heading westbound toward Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside’s Fire Department reported that Jurupa was closed to all traffic between Florence and Essex streets for the investigation. The identity of the driver remains unknown and no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding the fatal accident is asked to contact the Riverside Police Department.
In the State of California, a hit-and-run is an accident that involves a driver fleeing the scene of the accident without first providing his or her contact information to others involved. It is also considered a hit-and-run when the driver leaves the scene of an otherwise serious collision before responding officers arrive.
It is important to note that a hit-and-run is usually not an indicator of fault. Even when not considered at-fault for the accident, leaving the scene without first providing contact information to others involved may be considered as a hit-and-run.
Hit-and-run accidents involve the collection of important evidence, most of which will need to be recovered at the scene. When possible, it is necessary to make note of every detail of the fleeing vehicle, including its make, model, and color. Other details include identifying marks on the vehicle, its appearance, and license plate number.
Other evidence that could be collected at the scene includes taking pictures of the scene, looking for skid parts, looking for broken pieces of the damaged car, and collecting the contact information of witnesses.
In many cases, a fatal hit-and-run can lead to criminal charges, but these accidents can sometimes lead to civil cases. When the hit-and-run led to the victim’s death, the victim’s family may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim for the damages caused as a result of their loved one’s passing.
Wrongful death compensation can sometimes be obtained even when the driver has not been located. For instance, if the accident was caused because of a lack of sidewalks or insufficient lighting, the victim’s family can pursue a claim against the government agency responsible for the dangerous and faulty infrastructure.
Under California law, wrongful death claims against government agencies are not necessarily precluded. Still, these types of cases can present formidable challenges, as government agencies have been historically immune from claims under a doctrine referred to as “sovereign immunity”. Nonetheless, the California legislature has recognized instances where government officials, employees, and agencies can face liability for wrongful acts.
Depending on the facts of the case, there could be other potentially liable parties, such as construction companies. Whenever a fatal accident is caused as a result of another’s negligent actions, this party could face liability for the careless actions.
About 20 percent of pedestrian accident deaths involve drivers who flee the scene. Unless investigators can locate the responsible driver, financial compensation can be unavailable in most of these cases. If you or a loved one was injured in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, it is important to take immediate action and obtain proficient legal representation. A qualified attorney will collect critical evidence from the scene and conduct a thorough investigation, ensuring all liable parties are held accountable for their careless actions.
For more than ten years of dedicated legal service, Attorney Justin H. King has successfully helped pedestrian accident victims and their families receive the monetary compensation they deserved. The right to file a pedestrian accident claim or a wrongful death claim can be lost if the claim is filed past the statute of limitations. Consider scheduling a free initial consultation with Attorney Justin King to get started on your case right away. Call (909) 297-5001 or fill out the confidential online contact form here.