At about 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 24th, 13-year-old Israel Chavez Medina was killed in a hit-and-run DUI crash in Bakersfield. Medina was riding a non-motorized scooter westbound on Virginia Avenue near Larry Street when 25-year-old Dennis Ozaeta struck him with his 2001 Mitsubishi and left the scene of the accident without stopping to administer aid. Medina was transported to Kern Medical Center, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. Police apprehended Ozaeta at his home, arresting him on one charge of felony DUI and one charge of felony hit-and-run.
When drivers cause fatal injury to others while violating traffic safety laws, they may face criminal charges and civil claims from the family of the victim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Bakersfield accounted for 6 of the 20 fatalities and 91 of the 227 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Kern County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, children ages 15 and younger accounted for 7 percent of the 4,092 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents that year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Israel Chavez Medina, the boy who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
Bakersfieldnow.com originally reported this DUI crash.
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