Tustin, CA (August 2, 2023) – Officials in Orange County revealed on Monday that they are looking for a hit-and-run driver who was taking part in an unlawful street takeover before hitting and seriously injuring a teenage spectator.
At 11:40 p.m. on July 28, after receiving multiple reports of speeding vehicles on Tustin Ranch Road, officers from the Tustin Police Department and the Irvine Police Department responded to the area of Park Avenue and Warner Avenue. The area was secured, and police removed 51 cars and issued 20 tickets for various moving violations.
Shortly thereafter, a dark-colored sedan doing burnouts in the intersection allegedly struck a teenager and fled from the scene.
After suffering several injuries, including bone fractures, the unnamed juvenile was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Witnesses were asked to call Detective Yuhas with the TPD if they had any information regarding the people involved in the street takeover. An investigation remains active in the interim.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their loved ones.
The pleasant weather and scenic landscapes in Orange County have encouraged more people to ditch their cars in favor of walking. Unfortunately, pedestrians have a higher mortality rate in automobile accidents than motorists and passengers. All too many pedestrians are injured in automobile accidents in California, making it one of the most dangerous states in which to be a pedestrian. Between 2008 and 2019, 7127 pedestrians were killed in California. During this same timeframe, the death toll in California was up 34.4% overall and 34.5% for pedestrians specifically.
And according to statistics released by the Orange County coroner’s office, 375 pedestrians were killed by automobiles in Orange County over the five years ending on the final day of 2021. Statistics on pedestrian accidents in Orange County make it clear that anybody out and about near busy roads is in danger of serious harm or death.
Pedestrians should know the dangers that may quickly become a reality in an instant and be on the lookout around vehicles, especially since they’re far more vulnerable to serious injuries or fatalities. By taking a few precautions and following a few safety tips, pedestrians ensure they do everything they can to remain proactive and avoid these incidents as much as possible.
That said, if someone you love was hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident, you might be able to seek compensation for damages you’ve incurred. Filing a suit against the party responsible for your loved one’s death can bring closure to their passing and ease the stress of financial burdens caused by their accident. Of course, insurance companies and state law impose strict filing deadlines, so you will want to speak to an attorney as soon as you can.
If you have sustained injuries or lost somebody you love in a pedestrian car accident, speak with a legal advocate you can trust at Russell & Lazarus, APC. Please do not hesitate to contact our Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer at (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified; therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer, so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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