At about 10 p.m. on Monday, July 16th, a vehicle struck and seriously injured pedestrians Harison Long-Randall, 21, and Gemily West, 23, in Carmichael. According to witnesses, Long-Randall and West were crossing the intersection of Engle Road and Garfield Avenue with their four dogs when a driver ran a stop sign and hit them, fleeing the scene afterward. Paramedics transported the two pedestrians to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for fractures and internal injuries. Their dogs did not survive the collision. The California Highway Patrol is searching for a light-colored Nissan sedan with significant front-end damage and no left side mirror. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the North Sacramento CHP office at 916-338-6710.
“When a driver’s negligence causes injury to pedestrians, the driver may be held liable for the expenses associated with their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the case of a hit-and-run, however, collecting such compensation may not be possible unless the driver is apprehended.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 497 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic collisions that occurred in Sacramento County in 2010. That year, hit-and-run was a factor in 705 of the fatal and injury crashes in Sacramento, which ranked 9th out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Harison Long-Randall and Gemily West, the two pedestrians the vehicle struck and seriously injured. We would also like to offer them our condolences for the loss of their dogs.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Carmichael crash.
Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.