San Jose authorities are searching for a driver in a suspected hit-and-run accident that occurred early this morning. The head-on collision killed two women. Reports indicate that the women were riding in a Toyota Yaris and had taken a left when someone driving a Mercedes sedan slammed into the front of the car. Just a few minutes earlier police had attempted to pull over the Mercedes sedan after they had seen it driving erratically. The vehicle drove rapidly through a red light, turning left onto First St., at which point the officers decided not to engage in what they said would have been a risky pursuit on city streets.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of car accident – including head-on collisions – it is important to consult with a skilled Sacramento car accident attorney right away. A knowledgeable car collision attorney can begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding your case and help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
The tragic deaths of the two women in this instance was compounded by the fact that the responsible driver fled the scene. Most states including California require that a driver stop as soon as is safe following an accident. California Vehicle Code Sec. 20001 provides that any driver regardless of fault must stop after an accident that involves property damage or personal injury and exchange identifying information. In the event you are not the owner of the car, you must also provide the name and address of the registered owner.
However, despite laws requiring drivers to stop, people may still flee the scene of an accident for a variety of reasons. Many times, individuals simply panic and don’t know what to do. They may be scared, but then later contact the authorities to report an accident. Other times, a hit-and-run accident may be the result of drunk driving. In these situations a driver may fear arrest and fail to stop, making the situation and potential penalties even worse. Whatever the motivation, it’s always better to stop than to flee the scene of an accident.
In this instance, the driver fled on foot. Police continue their investigation.
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