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Santa Ana: Driver of Van Arrested after Intentional Hit-and-Run

Posted on May 09, 2012

On Monday, May 7th, a driver was arrested after intentionally running over a man in Santa Ana and fleeing the scene. At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 6th, 38-year-old Fernando Toscano, of Oakland, struck a vehicle in the 2600 block of Hotel Terrace Drive near Grand Avenue with his 2011 Ford Econoline van and was pursued by its 27-year-old owner, who had witnessed the accident from the parking lot of Spoons Grill & Bar. Surveillance video shows the van stop and backup over the vehicle owner and then run him over again before speeding away. He was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for multiple injuries. With the help of witnesses, police found the van in the parking lot of a nearby hotel and impounded it. They arrested Toscano the following day when he arrived to claim the van. He faces charges for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, and neglecting to stop at the scene of an accident. 

“When a driver’s disregard for the law causes harm to others, he or she may face civil actions from the victims in addition to criminal charges from the state,” explained an auto accident lawyer in Orange County

California Penal Code Section 245 indicates that anyone who assaults another person with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm will face a prison sentence of two, three, or four years, or a county jail sentence of not more than one year, or fines not exceeding $10,000, or both. 

In addition to the penalties outlined in this section of the Penal Code, California Vehicle Code Section 13210 authorizes the court to suspend the license of a driver who commits an assault on another motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. First-time offenders will lose their license for six months and repeat violators for one year. The court may also order the person to complete court-approved anger management courses. 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured by the van driver in Santa Ana last Sunday morning.

The Orange County Register originally reported this intentional hit-and-run.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of seeking compensation for injury-related expenses from the at-fault driver, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with an auto accident lawyer in Orange County, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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