At about 7:41 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 18-year-old Fernando Buenrostro Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Los Banos. Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Ryan Fuentes struck Buenrostro, who was riding a motorized scooter at the time, near the intersection of Cardinal Street and Fairmont Drive and then fled the scene. Emergency responders airlifted Buenrostro to a hospital in Modesto, where he succumbed to his injuries the following morning. Authorities located the vehicle involved in the accident, a white 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and arrested Fuentes on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.
“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been arrested, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against him or her in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Los Banos accounted for none of the 31 fatalities and 110 of the 1,803 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Merced in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 8 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Fernando Buenrostro Jr., the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
The Merced Sun-Star originally reported this Los Banos crash.
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