It is easy to make mistakes sometimes, especially when driving. However, when a driver in California is involved in an accident, he or she is required by law to remain at the scene. Unfortunately, police say that the driver they believe was involved in a recent fatal accident fled the scene on foot; they were still working to take that person into custody in the days following the crash.
The incident happened just before 9 p.m. on a day in late April. According to reports, the driver of a sports utility vehicle attempted a left turn into the path of a motorcycle. The collision reportedly caused the motorcycle to then strike a parked vehicle.
A passenger on the motorcycle, a 30-year-old woman according to the victim’s family, died at the scene. The male motorcyclist, reportedly engaged to the woman, was transported to the hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Police are still searching for the driver of the SUV that they claim struck the couple.
Now instead of helping the man and woman plan their wedding, their family members are planning their funerals. Often, the financial toll of such a loss, in combination with the emotional toll, often creates an overwhelming situation for surviving family members. Once the driver of the SUV is identified, surviving family members may opt to file a civil lawsuit. While a successful outcome will likely do little to reduce their grief resulting from the fatal accident in California, ensuring that their financial needs are met could allow them to focus on their recovery.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, “Driver Sought In Tujunga Hit-And-Run That Killed Engaged Couple Riding Motorcycle“, April 28, 2018