Police have arrested a man they believe may have been responsible for a recent hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a California woman and seriously injured a teenager. Oddly enough, they arrested him on charges that were not related to the fatal pedestrian accident he is thought to have caused. Charges have not yet been assessed in regards to that tragic incident.
The man is thought to have been driving very fast when the accident occurred. He allegedly veered out of his lane for an unknown reason and collided with two people traveling by foot. He then fled the area, according to police.
One of the people he allegedly struck with his vehicle, an adult woman, suffered fatal injuries. She died while still at the accident's location. The other victim, a 14-year-old, suffered serious injuries as well. She was taken by air ambulance to a California hospital. No update on her condition was available at the time of this report.
Police later found the car. They arrested the person listed on the registration but did so on charges that were not connected to the hit and run. They have not released any further details about the arrest. The fatal pedestrian accident remains under investigation, but police believe they have the person responsible in custody, according to reports.
Although the man does not yet face charges in connection with the fatal pedestrian accident, the family of the woman who died retains the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him if evidence supports the claim he was responsible for their loved one's death. The family of the teenage girl can potentially file a personal injury suit against him as well. Successfully litigated claims can provide both families with compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, Arrest in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash, Christina Cocca, March 10, 2014