At about 9 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, 17-year-old Stephen Cureton was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Huntington Beach, reported the Orange County Register. According to a friend who was with Cureton at the time of the accident, they were walking down Yorktown Avenue near Beach Boulevard when he stepped in the gutter and was hit by a car. The police report conflicts with this account, indicating instead that Cureton was skateboarding on Yorktown when the accident occurred. The impact sent him 40 feet before he crashed into the asphalt. He suffered major trauma, including a blood clot in his spinal column, a broken scapula, a laceration on his spleen, a fractured knee cap, and a torn ligament in his knee. Authorities are searching for the driver and Cureton’s family is offering a $500 reward for any information that could help them identify him or her. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are urged to call Huntington Beach police at 714-960-8811.
In 2011, traffic accidents in Orange County claimed the lives of 39 pedestrians and injured another 828, according to the California Highway Patrol. Three of the deaths occurred in Huntington Beach, where 64 pedestrians were injured. Hit-and-run was a factor in 62 of the collisions that resulted in death or injury in the city. Across the state, 625 pedestrians lost their lives on our streets and sidewalks that year, a 3.9 percent increase from 2010.
In California, the victims of accidents and their families have recourse through the civil justice system and may hold the responsible driver liable for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, criminal charges may also be filed. For more information, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Stephen Cureton. We hope that authorities find the driver who caused this accident .
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