A woman was killed in an accident in Bakersfield on a recent Sunday morning. This was one of those sad situations in which a person who had too much to drink struck a pedestrian and then drove off without checking on the victim. The person who was the alleged hit and run driver was later located and arrested.
A report by the California Highway Patrol states that a 30-year-old San Leandro woman was walking on Weedpatch Highway. Reportedly, she was heading north on the southbound shoulder when she was struck by a southbound car. It is alleged that the 28-year-old Lamont man who was the driver of the car was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The driver reportedly failed to stop after striking the pedestrian and continued to drive south. He will now be facing charges that could include vehicular manslaughter, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital with severe injuries that included the loss of her leg. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries later. CHP reported that the accident investigation is ongoing.
The surviving family members of the victim of this hit and run accident retain the right to pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death claim in a California civil court. Before any monetary judgments can be entered in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff will have to establish negligence before the court. Once this is done to the court’s satisfaction, documented claims for financial losses and emotional damages will be considered.
Source: bakersfield.com, “Pedestrian killed, driver arrested in DUI hit-and-run“, Feb. 28, 2016