Lilia Garcia, 41, was killed in a hit-and-run crash after a driver struck her near a street intersection in the Apple Valley area in San Bernardino County. According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred early morning on Sept. 15 along Crown Valley Road just south of Soledad Canyon Road. Preliminary information indicates Garcia was walking southbound on the west dirt shoulder of Crown Valley Road when she was struck by a vehicle.
Fatal Crash and Investigation
The vehicle that hit Garcia continued southbound on Crown Valley Road. Officials said a small white sedan with a large spoiler on the rear of the vehicle was spotted driving away from the scene of the collision. It was not clear whether this car was involved in the crash. Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Apple Valley-area office at 661-948-8541.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Lilia Garcia for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of vehicle struck Garcia and then left the scene of the crash. It is illegal under California law to leave the scene of an injury or fatal accident. California Vehicle Code 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.”
Justice for Victims and Families
The law further states that the motorist should exchange pertinent information with all parties involved in the incident and most importantly, remain at the scene and render aid to the injured victim or victims. This “aid” could be something as simple as calling 911. Getting prompt medical attention is critical when it comes to saving the life of an accident victim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run crash, it is important that you obtain a copy of the official police report. If there were no eyewitnesses, see if you can obtain copies of surveillance video from the area. An experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer will be able to stay on top of the investigation and ensure that all crucial pieces of evidence are preserved. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to guide you when it comes to seeking compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your auto insurance policy, particularly if the driver has not been identified or found.