A 62-year-old woman was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the hit-and-run accident occurred at Heacock Street and Kernwood Drive in Moreno Valley, the evening of January 4, 2012. Officials say the woman was crossing the street when a dark-colored mid-1990s two-door Honda with a black hood struck her. The driver fled the scene of the crash, leaving the woman with severe head injuries and broken bones. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact police at 951-776-1099.
My heart goes out to the injured victim of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish her the very best for a complete and quick recovery.
Riverside Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 24 were injured in Moreno Valley pedestrian accidents. Throughout Riverside County, there were 39 fatalities and 370 injuries reported due to pedestrian accidents, during that same year.
Based on this news report, the motorist struck the woman and left her lying on the road with severe head injuries, exposed to further danger. What sort of a person leaves a seriously injured victim on the street without care or medical attention? This is an appalling act, which just shows a callous disregard for the safety of a fellow human being. Not only is leaving the scene of an injury accident irresponsible and inhumane, but it is also illegal.
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.”
I trust officials will soon apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information at all about this incident, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise injured victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash where the driver is not found, or, in an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.