San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run reckless driving after he drove into a bicyclist and left the scene.
Culliver was driving a white Ford Mustang around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning when he hit a cyclist near downtown San Jose, said city police spokesman Albert Morales. Luckily, the bicyclist wasn’t seriously injured. A witness followed Culliver, 25, and had his car driven into by Culliver. The vehicle blocked the suspect’s car until police arrived to arrest him.
Another victim to a San Diego hit and run accident was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and head injury this week.
Police in Midway say a 44-year-old bicyclist was rear ended by a silver Lexus or Mercedes Sedan (the description of the driver is not clear) while he was heading northbound on Midway Drive around 11 p.m. Witnesses on the scene say the sedan had a dark carbon fiber trim. The driver fled the scene and the victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive the collision.
A fatal hit and run accident claimed the life of a San Diego college student Wednesday night.
It happened in Carlsbad, at the intersections of Palomar Airport Road and Carlsbad Boulevard.
Police say the driver, a 17 year old girl, was allegedly drunk when she struck and killed 20-year-old Vinnie Zellefrow. The teenage driver fled the scene, but was found a mile south in a parking lot. She was driving a silver Chrysler Sedan and was arrested on accounts of vehicular man slaughter, felony hit and run, and felony drunk driving.
In light of a new study about the rise in deadly truck accidents comes news of a fatal San Diego hit and run pedestrian accident involving a box truck.
Police say 23-year-old Benjamin Ramirez of Escondido was walking along Bear Valley Parkway on his way home from work Monday, when he was struck and killed by the truck. The “U-Haul” style box truck allegedly slowed, but did not stop for Ramirez.
San Diego police are investigating a hit and run accident involving a skateboarder. The incident happened Tuesday night in East Village.
The skateboarder is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Meantime, police are looking for a light-colored four-door Hyundai with possible damage to the hood and windshield.
The name or age of the victim has not been released.
As one of San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys, I tell victims of hit and run accidents the at-fault party is typically held responsible for reimbursing injury victims for the costs of the treatment of their condition and any other damages incurred in the wreck. Unfortunately though, when a driver flees the scene of an accident, injury victims find themselves struggling to cover expenses on their own.
A 26-year-old man suffered a broken pelvis after being hit by a motorist who fled the scene shortly after the accident occurred. According to a SanDiego6.com article, the man walked three-fourths of the way across Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach when he was hit. The driver who struck the pedestrian and kept driving is reported to have been in a black pickup truck. One complex factor in this San Diego pedestrian accident is that the pedestrian allegedly crossed the street despite a red-hand warning signal for him to wait. Nevertheless, in order to help prevent serious injury or fatal car accidents, motorists must always check for pedestrians and other vehicles even when given the right of way with a green light.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that from 1997 to 2006, there were 49,128 pedestrian fatalities, which accounted for 12% of all fatalities in motor vehicle collisions. Single-vehicle accidents are responsible for a significant majority of pedestrian deaths. Considering that California is one of three states that has more pedestrian accident deaths than any other in the nation, San Diego motorists must follow all traffic laws and be fully aware of surrounding vehicles and pedestrians at all times.
A preliminary hearing has been set for a 19-year old driver who struck and killed a 4-year old boy, a 10News.com article reports. The motorist is being charged with hit-and-run causing death and has been accused of not stopping after hitting the child on South Encanto Street in San Diego. According to the article, the driver dragged the young boy for 25 feet and returned to the scene of the accident after telling his mother that he thought he struck someone. If the teen is convicted, he may face up to four years in prison in addition to other possible charges.
This fatal hit-and-run San Diego pedestrian accident emphasizes the serious consequences of drivers failing to see pedestrians and not stopping at the scene of a crash. Not only does a motorist potentially face criminal charges, but he or she may also face civil penalties to compensate an injury victim or a wrongful death victim’s family.