Santa Ana police are searching for the driver of a Cadillac who was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a 14-year-old girl in Santa Ana on Monday, reported the Orange County Register.
The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the intersection of 17th and Bristol streets. A red truck first struck the girl as she crossed the intersection and then a black Cadillac, the impact knocking her to the ground. When she tried to stand up, she quickly fell back down. The driver of the red truck, 32-year-old Adan Camacho, did not stop to render aid, but, with the help of witnesses, police located him several miles away, arresting him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving without a license. The female driver of the Cadillac stopped, picked up the girl’s backpack, and even appeared to talk to witnesses before getting back in her car and leaving. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident or driver, are asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
Across the country, the incidence of fatal hit-and-run accidents has been increasing, from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010 to 1,449 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These increases contrasted from an overall decrease in the number of traffic fatalities from 33,883 in 2009 to 32,367 in 2011. Hit-and-run was a factor in one in five pedestrian accidents that proved fatal, and pedestrians were the victims of 60 percent of fatal hit-and-run accidents.
Once the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident has been located, the victims or their families may file civil claims in order to obtain compensation for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the girl who was injured in this accident. We hope investigators find the driver of the Cadillac soon.