A 15-year-old boy identified as Jayden Arias was killed by a DUI hit-and-run driver at Olive Avenue and Westwood Street on Tuesday evening, May 5th.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the accident occurred at around 7 p.m. The young man was riding his bicycle around Olive Avenue and Westwood street when he was suddenly struck by a dark-colored sedan that fled the scene.
The suspect was later identified as a 23-year-old man named Harvey Jacob. His car was found in the 1700 block of West Olive Avenue a few hours after the accident. Authorities were able to track him to his house in Milo Street.
He was found to be intoxicated at the time of the accident and was driving with a suspended driver’s license. He was then taken into custody for felony DUI causing injuries.
The victim was immediately brought to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the young man succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.
Fatal Accident Investigation Needed
Local authorities are currently investigating the crash. People with additional information about the collision are urged to contact Officer K. Horton at 559-782-7400.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 10,000 people are killed annually due to DUI accidents. Around 18% of all fatal motor accidents involve drugs and alcohol, according to the information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous and reckless things a driver can do. It puts not only the driver but also the other people on the road at serious risk. When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Tulare wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal hit-and-run accidents to conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources to hire expert witnesses, conduct driver background checks, and review applicable insurance coverage for their client.
Tulare County Wrongful Death Attorney
While the official investigation is on-going, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) caused by the fatal accident.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful guide for the grieving family during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death or injury of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.