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Hit-and-Run Driver Sought in Fatal Fontana Auto Accident


The 48-year-old man who died October 31, 2008 as a result of injuries he suffered in a Fontana hit-and-run collision has been identified as Herman Torres. According to this news report, Torres was a passenger in a green Saturn that was traveling north on Hemlock Avenue just before the 10/26/08 crash. California Highway Patrol officials said the driver of the Saturn did not stop for westbound traffic on Arrow Route and was hit by a Toyota Forerunner.

Emergency personnel transported Torres to an area hospital where he passed away. CHP investigators are looking for the driver of the Saturn who apparently fled after the collision.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Herman Torres, who died tragically because of another driver’s negligence and callous disregard for his passenger’s safety.
Torres’ family will certainly remain in my prayers.

California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered the intersection from a different highway.” The same code section also states that when two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.

In this fatal Fontana auto accident, it is apparent that the hit-and-run driver fled because he knew that the accident and resulting injuries were his fault. He clearly did not want to take responsibility for his wrongdoing. I sincerely hope this driver is apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He should be held criminally and civilly responsible for this fatal accident and the wrongful death of Herman Torres. Wrongful death claims are usually filed by families of deceased victims who died because of negligence on the part of an individual, a corporation or a public entity.

The family of Herman Torres should certainly get in touch with a reputed Southern California auto accident attorney who will fight for their legal rights and secure them the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. Torres was probably someone’s son, someone’s father and someone’s husband. Herman Torres and his family deserve closure. The Torres family deserves justice and fair compensation for their terrible and heartbreaking loss.

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