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Pacoima: Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested for Death of Manuel Gonzalez

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The hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of 40-year-old Manuel Gonzalez last month in Pacoima has been arrested, reported the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-four-year-old Tatiana Cacho struck Gonzalez with her 2005 Cadillac SRX as he crossed Terra Bella Street in a wheelchair on the night of September 26th. She dragged him for 100 feet, fleeing the scene after his body became dislodged. Gonzalez died from the trauma he suffered at an area hospital. After receiving anonymous tips from the public, detectives arrested Cacho, as well as 23-year-old Christian Olvera for being an accessory after the fact. 


Hit-and-run accidents are increasing in the United States, rising more than 13 percent from 2009 to 2011, reported USA Today. The incidence of fatal hit-and-run crashes rose from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011. Pedestrians are often the victims, with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finding that one in five of pedestrian fatalities are suffered in hit-and-run accidents and that 60 percent of hit-and-run fatalities have pedestrians as victims. In Los Angeles, there were 20,000 hit-and-run accidents each year, 4,000 of which resulted in injuries or fatalities, reported LA Weekly


Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been apprehended, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim in order to obtain compensation for their loss. The driver will also likely face criminal charges. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Manuel Gonzalez. 

Category: Pedestrian Accident

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