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Wrongful Death Claim Possible After Fatal California Hit-and-Run

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

A popular young man, a skateboarder, is dead, and a 17-year-old girl is in a California detention center after a tragic hit-and-run accident on Feb. 12. The girl was purportedly driving under the influence at the time the collision occurred. As more details of what led to the crash come to light, a wrongful death claim may be a possibility.

The 20-year-old victim was skateboarding with friends around 11 p.m. when the accident occurred. His friends reportedly saw the Chrysler approaching and warned him, but despite his efforts to get out of the way, he was struck. The vehicle then allegedly fled the scene. The skateboarder was pronounced dead at 11:14 p.m. from blunt force trauma to his head.

A short time later, police found the suspected vehicle and the 17-year-old girl at a nearby trailer park. She was taken into custody and booked into a juvenile detention facility. Police have not indicated whether drugs or alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, but the girl now faces charges of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

In the aftermath of this fatal accident, the victim's friends and loved ones have been left devastated. Should the young man's family decide to pursue a wrongful death action, the charges against the girl will likely help them with their case. In California, these types of suits usually depend on evidence that the victim's death was caused by someone else's recklessness. If successful, the family may be awarded compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, funeral expenses and other damages resulting from the tragedy. In addition, it may help them obtain some closure so that they can begin the healing process.

Source:, Beloved skateboarder killed by hit-and-run driver, Dominic Garcia and Abbie Alford, Feb. 13, 2014