Richard Bohannan, 42, was killed April 14, 2009 in a Chino pedestrian accident while he and his 13-year-old son were getting mail from their mailbox, according to a news report. California Highway Patrol officials say Bohannan was walking on his driveway with his son when a driver lost control and veered into the driveway striking Bohannan. His son was not hit or injured. The driver fled the scene of the crash without stopping.
CHP officials are identifying the suspect’s vehicle as a dark Honda or Acura-type vehicle. It could also be an import vehicle with a possible modified exhaust. Officials say the hit-and-run vehicle sustained severe front-end damage and was leaking fluids. The vehicle is also missing an amber front turn light. If you witnessed this fatal pedestrian accident or have more information, please call the California Highway Patrol at 909-980-3994.
My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Richard Bohannan, especially his 13-year-old son who saw his dad getting struck by a vehicle, whose driver took off without hesitation. I offer my deepest sympathies to Bohannan’s family and friends. Please keep them all in your prayers.
I trust the hit-and-run driver who struck down Bohannan and then left him lying on his driveway, is apprehended and brought to justice. This is an utterly heartless and criminal act and this negligent driver must be held accountable. Given the detailed vehicle description, I’m confident that it will happen soon. I trust officials will also look into whether this driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the fatal car crash. If that was the case, he could face criminal vehicular manslaughter or murder charges, depending on a number of factors.
Irrespective of the involvement of alcohol, this driver is looking at criminal charges. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime and a violation of California law. California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Richard Bohannan’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced California pedestrian accident attorney, who will pursue the negligent parties and obtain fair compensation for them. If the driver was on-the-job or running an errand for someone, his employer or the person whom he was running an errand for, can also be held liable.