An 11-year-old girl was killed in a tragic pedestrian accident caused by a hit-and-run driver. Annika Fullerton was struck by an SUV near the intersection of Church Street and Glenheather Drive in Highland, with the driver then fleeing the scene. According to a KTLA news report, the victim was visiting the area from Colorado and was walking with her cousins on the night of July 2 when the fatal crash happened.
Police officers who responded to the scene found the girl unresponsive at the side of the road. They rushed her to the hospital, but she died from her injuries. Detectives have identified a possible suspect vehicle in the collision and are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver. Witnesses and video surveillance from a nearby business confirmed that the vehicle is a light-colored minivan or crossover SUV.
They said the driver fled the scene without rendering aid. Annika’s family members told KTLA that the girl and her mother had come from Denver to visit relatives in the area. Police have not released a description of the hit-and-run suspect. Anyone with information about this fatal collision is asked to contact the Highland Police Department’s detective bureau at 909-425-9793.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Annika Fullerton for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Justice for Victims’ Families
It is against the law in California to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states that motorists who are involved in a collision are required to stop right away and remain at the scene until officials arrive. In addition, they are required to exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and render aid to those who have been injured.
Families of hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino hit and run lawyer who represents injured victims and families of those who have been killed in these tragic crashes. In such cases, compensation may be available for the victims’ families from the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policy. An experienced lawyer can help families understand how their own auto insurance policy might apply in a case where the hit-and-run driver has not been found or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.