Shortly before 6:43 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, a male pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Escondido. A light-colored SUV struck the man near the intersection of 10th Street and Escondido Boulevard and fled the scene. Emergency responders transported the victim to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call police at 760-839-4722.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the case of a hit-and-run, such recourse may not be available until the driver is apprehended.”
Fifty-seven pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Escondido in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Escondido 8th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Escondido pedestrian accident.
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