Police arrested the driver allegedly responsible for a deadly hit-and-run accident that killed a 21-year-old Imperial Beach man while he was changing a flat tire on the shoulder of a freeway in San Diego.
The driver was a 29-year-old man who was arrested December 16 in connection with the accident, according to officials from the California Highway Patrol. After being questioned by CHP investigators and taken into custody, he was booked into county jail as a suspect.
The accident reportedly occurred December 15 at around 5:45 a.m. The 21-year-old man was driving his black Honda Civic coupe south on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista, close to the Mile of Cars exit, when he got a flat tire. He pulled onto the side of the road and began changing the front passenger side tire.
The 29-year-old man was allegedly driving a Dodge Stratus, and he apparently swerved to the side of the road and struck the man on the inner shoulder while he was changing his tire, then crashed into the center divider of the freeway. Police say he abandoned his vehicle and fled the accident scene on foot, leaving the younger man to die alone on the highway. Emergency crews did not arrive on time.
Leaving the scene of a car wreck
By law, anyone involved in an auto accident is required to stop and stay at the scene until law enforcement officers arrive, even if the crash wasn’t that person’s fault. Leaving the scene of an accident in which someone has been injured or killed is a felony offense and comes with serious criminal penalties. In addition, leaving the scene can imply that a person was at fault for a crash.
If you have been injured in a serious car accident in the San Diego area, speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire for sound legal guidance.