San Diego News 10 reported that an unnamed 25-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver on August 22, 2011. The auto accident happened at around 3:30 a.m. on state Route 76 near the La Jolla Indian Reservation. The woman was walking on the side of the road when she was struck by a 2002 Ford Taurus, whose driver fled the scene. According to CHP officer Chris Parent, the vehicle was found abandoned near Valley Center Road and the alleged driver Rickey Burns, 69, of Escondido was later arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased woman.
Applicable California Law
Burns will face criminal felony hit-and run charges for leaving the scene of the accident (see my prior Blog post San Diego Hit-And-Run Auto Accident Causes Severe Brain Injury for California Hit-And-Run Law). In addition, the heirs of the deceased woman will have claims for wrongful death (see my prior Blog post Escondido Hit-And-Run Auto Accident Causes Death Of Teen for California Wrongful Death Law). However, there might be mitigating circumstances that could reduce the value of any claims, as it still unclear if by walking alongside the highway, the woman contributed to her own death (see my prior Blog post Carmel Mountain Hit & Run Auto Accident Kills Pedestrian for California Law On Comparative Negligence).
Walking along poorly lit rural roadways can be extremely dangerous. Auto accidents and truck accidents involving pedestrians often results in serious injuries or wrongful death. An analysis of the facts and circumstances of a serious accident by an experienced personal injury attorney is critical to knowing your rights.