Hemet: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Injured Scooter Rider
Posted on Aug 18, 2014
At around 12:06 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, a hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured a scooter rider in Hemet, reported The Press-Enterprise. The driver, described as a man in his early 20s with black hair and a mustache, of a blue American-made car, perhaps an Oldsmobile or a Buick, hit the 94-year-old rider as he was traveling southbound in the 600 block of East Oakdale Avenue near Taylor Street in the eastbound lane. The rider suffered major trauma, including a broken leg, and was airlifted to an area hospital. Although the driver initially stopped to help the man, he fled the scene before authorities arrived. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver is asked to call Sgt. Dan Reinbolt at 951-765-3725.
Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 396 people in Hemet in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 59 of the fatal and injury accidents. The OTS ranked Hemet 19th out of 102 similarly sized cities for its incidence of car crashes and 24th for motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Across the state, 2,816 people were killed in crashes that year.
After a hit-and-run accident, it is crucial to the ability of the victim to seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering to locate the driver. For more information on the personal injury claims process after a hit-and-run crash, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured in this accident. We hope authorities apprehend the driver soon.