Police are searching for two vehicles that are believed to have fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana early on the morning of Nov. 5.
According to a KTLA news report, the pedestrian was struck on Fairview Street just north of McFadden Avenue. Arriving officers found a man down in the northbound lanes. He had suffered major head trauma, officials said.
The victim, described as a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe he was struck by at least two vehicles that fled the scene. Debris from a Mercedes-Benz and a Hyundai was found at the crash scene. No suspect or vehicle descriptions are available.
The driver of a third vehicle involved in the incident remained at the scene to help. Officials at this time are looking for any surveillance video that will help identify the drivers involved. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash. Investigators are still looking into whether that played a part in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Justice for Victims
Based on this news report, it appears that two drivers who were involved in this fatal pedestrian accident left the scene without stopping to assist the severely injured victim who eventually succumbed to his injuries. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene of the crash. They must also exchange pertinent information with other parties, and most importantly, render aid to the injured victims.
In such cases, families of deceased victims not only face tremendous grief, but also financial burdens due to a possible loss of earnings due to the sudden death of a family member and funeral expenses. An experienced Santa Ana hit-and-run lawyer may be able to help victims’ families not only stay on top of the official investigation but also make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to advise them about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a case where the hit-and-run driver or drivers are not identified or in cases where the at-fault motorists are uninsured or underinsured.