On Saturday, January 12, police arrested the driver responsible for the hit-and-run accident that killed 75-year-old Miguel Chavez Ceja in Santa Ana. Twenty-seven-year-old Victor Manuel Arredondo Anaya is suspected to have fatally struck Chavez Ceja with his dark blue 1995 BMW 740 iL near the intersection of Orange and Edinger avenues and fled on Thursday, January 10. A Good Samaritan spotted the vehicle, following it until the police arrived. Authorities linked the debris found at the scene of the accident to the damage on Arredondo Anaya’s vehicle. He faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and driving on a suspended license.
“In many cases, once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run has been apprehended, the family of the victim may seek compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver,” explained Orange County injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Santa Ana accounted for 6 of the 32 fatalities and 145 of the 809 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 187 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Miguel Chavez Ceja.
The Orange County Register originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
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