A California driver who was allegedly driving drunk struck and killed a pedestrian recently in Oceanside, San Diego County. The hit-and-run car-pedestrian accident occurred on a recent Monday in June. Oceanside Police say the suspected drunk driver drove for a mile with the body of the victim in her vehicle’s front seat.
Around 6:20 a.m., a man was walking along the sidewalk of Mission Avenue when the car hit him, police said. The 29-year-old driver was allegedly driving so fast that the victim flew, head down, into the vehicle’s windshield. The victim came to a rest on the passenger seat. The victim’s leg was severed, went through the back window and landed on the trunk.
The woman continued driving for nearly a mile before she allegedly parked the vehicle in a cul-de-sac, then walked away. She was located at her house, around two blocks away from where she had apparently abandoned her vehicle. She was then arrested by police and charged with felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
If the driver ends up being convicted of any of the criminal charges against her, proof of this may help advance a related wrongful death claim in a California civil court. When a fatal pedestrian accident like this one occurs in California, the surviving families of deceased victims typically choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney can help to determine what legal steps may be available to them with regard to any potential claims for monetary damages based upon the negligence of another party to the collision.
Source: NBC San Diego, “DUI Suspect Drives With Body Lodged in Car for a Mile After Hit-And-Run: PD“, Samantha Tatro, Megan Tevrizian and Vanessa Herrera, June 28, 2016