San Diego News 10 reported that 18-year-old David Mendez of Bonsall was fatally injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on March 28, 2011. The auto accident happened around 7:00 AM while Mendez was riding his bicycle on the 1300 block of Sleeping Indian Lane, in Oceanside. According to Lt. Leonard Mata, Mendez was found laying on the street, and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where he was pronounced dead the following day. Debris from the 1988 Plymouth Neon that hit him and left the scene, led police to the arrest of 24-year-old Lopez Gonzalez of Oceanside who was booked for vehicular manslaughter.
Our condolences go out to the Mendez family and friends.
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Gonzalez will face criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter as well as felony hit-and-run (see my prior Blog post for California Hit-And-Run Law). David’s heirs will have wrongful death claims, and a survivor action for the medical costs incurred while David was hospitalized (see my prior Blog post an California Wrongful Death Law and Survivor Actions). However, given the fact that Gonzales was driving a late model economy vehicle leads to concerns as to whether he carries adequate insurance coverage. Hopefully, the Mendez family has the benefit of adequate uninsured/underinsured coverage (see my prior Blog post on Uninsured/Underinsured Law).
A bicycle ride turns into tragedy. Auto accidents and bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries, or wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to the carless acts of another talk with an experienced personal injury attorney.