Teen Girl, 18, Victim in Fatal Hit-and-Run New Year’s Day
OAKLAND (January 4, 2018)- According to the Oakland Police Department, the victim fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver New Year’s Day has been identified as Chauntel Dunkley Rochelle, 18.
Authorities report that the incident occurred at around 5:02 a.m. at the intersection of 98th Avenue and Sunnyside Street.
Oakland police have confirmed that the victim was indeed within the means of a marked crosswalk upon being struck by a vehicle thought to have been traveling southbound on 98th Avenue upon impact.
Paramedics were dispatched to the crime scene and rushed Chauntel Dunkley Rochelle to a trauma center, where she tragically did not survive.
At this time, no details have been released on suspect or vehicle description while a $10,000 reward remains pending for anyone who may have information on the person responsible for this malicious act.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the victim where offerings can be made here.
We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members of Chauntel Dunkley Rochelle as they search for peace and comfort.
Oakland Wrongful Death Lawyer
Based on the information, the hit-and-run suspect who remains at-large will be charged and held responsible once detained for the death of Chauntel Dunkley Rochelle. Most traffic accidents which involve a driver who flees the scene can be subjected to serious criminal charges, especially when a particular crash causes serious injuries to another person. Such circumstances are considered as “felony hit-and-run,” leaving the victim or victim’s family a legal right to pursue a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit against the suspect.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the immediate family of a victim will be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses and hospital bills, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a traffic accident, contact our experienced Oakland wrongful death attorneys as we are here to provide you with the advice and guidance needed following a tragedy. We can be reached at 800-235-6801.
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