A jury recently found a man guilty of a felony hit-and-run after he left the scene of an accident he caused on a San Diego freeway ramp. The case gained significant local attention for a couple reasons — first, he was already on probation for DUI charges, and second, he left his injured four-year-old son behind at the scene of the accident when he fled.
According to information provided by a deputy district attorney in the case, the man was not injured in the accident, and when he tried to free his son from his seatbelt the boy fell approximately ten feet from his car seat to the sidewalk off the freeway ramp. The boy was declared brain dead eight days after the accident. The man then left the scene of the accident and walked 19 miles back to Imperial Beach, where he lives. He did not call police or check on the condition of his son for the two days after the accident before he was arrested.
The man claims that he left the scene of the accident because he thought his son was dead and he couldn’t bear to see him. However, prosecuting attorneys mention that he was active on dating sites in the days following the accident, and was talking with friends on Facebook about ways that he could get across the Mexican border to escape legal issues. He even wrote that he was “on the run from the law.”
Hit-and-run accidents are particularly serious for offenders because they face both felony criminal charges and significant penalties in civil litigation. In this case, the man faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run or any other type of motor vehicle crash, speak with a knowledgeable San Diego auto accident lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire right away.