An unidentified woman was injured after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in Arroyo Grande on Tuesday morning, October 19.
The crash took place in a crosswalk on S. Halcyon Road near Harloe Elementary School at around 8:00 a.m. The woman was reportedly leading two children across the street in a marked crosswalk when she was suddenly struck by a passing vehicle.
The driver that struck the woman did not stop to render aid and drove away from the scene. The victim sustained unspecified injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The two children were uninjured in the mishap. Authorities were later able to locate the hit-and-run driver and identified him as Michael K.
He was apprehended on Farrell Avenue. Authorities determined that the hit-and-run driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident and found a loaded firearm in his car.
The hit-and-run driver was booked in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of felony DUI with injury, felony child endangerment, felony hit and run with injury, a felony carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, six counts of felony possession of ammunition, felony warrants, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The accident is currently under further investigation.
Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
It is a felony in and of itself to flee the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, 11 percent of all crashes involve a hit-and-run driver. In the United States, a hit-and-run accident occurs every minute. Since 2006, there have been around 682,000 hit-and-run crashes across the country, with an average of 2,000 reported deaths every year.
Hit-and-run drivers escape the scene for a variety of reasons. They may be intoxicated or impaired by narcotics, have legal problems, be uninsured, or be illegal immigrants. In most pedestrian accidents, pedestrians are defenseless and susceptible in the event of someone else’s irresponsibility. As a result, pedestrians are frequently the victims of hit-and-run accidents.
California is one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians. The pedestrian death rate in California is 25% greater than the national average. This is why residents advise residents to take extra precautions when strolling along California roadways or crossing the street.
San Luis Obispo County Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys for Pedestrian Accident Victims
If a hit-and-run driver has wounded you, contact a hit-and-run accident lawyer today to learn more about your legal options. Don’t worry about legal fees; a qualified California hit-and-run lawyer will not charge you anything until they collect your claim. Medical expenditures, lost wages, mental trauma, and pain and suffering caused by the accident will be covered by the personal injury claim for the victims.
Our personal injury attorneys from Arash Law will actively defend the rights and interests of their clients while also making sure that the negligent party is held accountable. We have offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego. To book a free appointment with a hit-and-run attorney from our law firm, you may call us at (888) 488-1391.