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Toddler Killed in California Hit-and-Run Car Accident


Officials in Sacramento are looking for a hit-and-run driver who caused a deadly car accident in California that killed 4-year-old Jonathan Vazquez the morning of November 30, 2009. According to a CBS news report, officials have released video and a description of the vehicle, which they say, struck Jonathan as he was standing outside Smythe Academy and dragged him several feet before speeding away. Jonathan died from his injuries a few hours after the accident in an area hospital.

The suspect vehicle is described as a 1995-97 Nissan Maxima with tinted windows. The driver is said to be a man in his 40s with a dark complexion. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run accident is asked to call Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP or by texting a tip to 274637 with “SACTIP” at the beginning of the message. Tipsters could receive a reward of up to $1,000 and will remain anonymous.

Boy Killed in Tragic Hit-and-Run Accident

I certainly hope that this hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice. My heart goes out to Jonathan’s parents and everyone who knew and loved this little boy. I offer my deepest condolences to his family members. They will certainly be in my prayers.

Leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a little boy or anyone for that matter, is not just irresponsible and unethical, it is a crime in California. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “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.”

Drivers Must Stop at the Scene of a Crash

Drivers in California are required to stop at the scene of the accident, irrespective of whether or not the accident was their fault. Stopping at the scene of the accident is not only about obeying the law, but it is an act of taking responsibility and, quite simply, the right thing to do. Sometimes, these hit-and-run drivers wouldn’t even be facing criminal charges had they remained at the scene.

The family of little Jonathan Vazquez deserves some degree of closure in this horrific case. Although talking to a lawyer may not be the first thing on their mind at this point, families of fatal car accident victims would always be well-served to consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the accident and make sure their rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also look into whether there were any dangerous conditions outside the school or on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this tragedy. The best California personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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2 responses to “Toddler Killed in California Hit-and-Run Car Accident”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi me and my fiance have three precious daughter who attend smythe academy. One whom was in the same class as the victim and our middle child has been in the same class as the older brother for three years. And we as a family are horrified that this monster hasn’t turned himself in. Our hearts are with Johnathan’s family. And as for a saftey issue on where the car exited was a accident waiting to happen. I know we have voiced our oppinions long before this tragic accident occured as well many other parents. Imo I believe the Twin Rivers School district is just as much at fault as the driver for ignoring parents concerns about the very unsafe exit onto a very busy street. We as parents are very worried about many safety issues that surrond this school, further more I do see some of the staff as people who care but I would have to say majority is there for a pay check. We pray everyday that this monster will be caught and made to answer everybodys question, Why?

  2. J Smith says:

    I also hope that this person is made responsible for his actions. Any death is heartbreaking but the death of a child is especially hard to accept. Best wishes to Jonathan’s family.

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