At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18th, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a 4-year-old boy in a Santa Rosa crosswalk. The accident occurred at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place, when a Honda Accord entered the crosswalk in which the boy, his two sisters, and their mother were walking. Instead of stopping to administer aid, the driver fled but was later spotted in the parking lot of a nearby park, where a good Samaritan witnessed him peeling an orange San Francisco Giants decal off of the rear window of his vehicle and contacted police. He has been identified as 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Garcia and is being held at Sonoma County Jail without bail because he is suspected of being an illegal immigrant, explains a California injury lawyer.
Santa Rosa accounted for 4 of the 8 traffic-related fatalities and 53 of the 129 injuries suffered by pedestrians in Sonoma County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 3 to 14 years, with this group accounting for 1,314 of the fatalities and 179,000 of the injuries suffered in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the 4-year-old boy who was struck and killed by the hit-and-run driver.
The San Francisco Chronicle originally reported this accident.
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