Robert Blackmen, 68, and a 39-year-old woman died in a
Riverside car accident, which officials say, was caused by a driver who ran a
red light. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred
early morning on April 29, 2013 at the intersection of 14th Street and Sedgwick
Avenue. Witnesses told officials that the driver of a Chevy Avalanche ran a red
light and collided with a Saturn sedan that was traveling west on 14th Street.
Blackmen, who was driving the Saturn, and his female passenger, died as a
result of their injuries.
A woman in the back seat suffered bruising and was
transported to an area hospital. The driver of the Chevy fled the scene on foot
after the crash. Police have described the suspect as a 33-year-old Hispanic
man, 5-foot-8, weighing 200 pounds. He also has a shaved head with a thick
mustache and tattoos on both arms. Anyone who has information is urged to call
the Riverside police at 951-826-5700.
There were 28 fatalities and 1,408 injuries involving
traffic collisions in the city of Riverside in 2010, according to California
Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
Countywide, 203 people died and 7,974 were injured due to car crashes during
the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the
Chevy not only ran a red light and struck the Saturn, but also left the scene
of a fatal accident. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: "A
driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before
entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then
before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication
to proceed is shown."
Also, under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is
illegal to leave the scene of a crash where someone has been injured or killed.
Motorists are required to stop immediately, remain at the scene of the crash,
exchange information with other parties and most importantly, administer aid to
the injured victims.
Fault and Liability
I certainly hope officials are able to apprehend the
suspects and bring them to justice. If you have any information about this hit and run crash, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows
witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and also become eligible to receive a
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well
advised to contact a reputed Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay
abreast of the investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to inform families about
how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where
the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
A car crash in Riverside has left two people dead and one injured, when the driver of a Chevy Avalanche ran a red light and crashed into a Saturn. The Chevy driver fled the scene in this fatal hit and run crash.