Jose Lozano, 88, Hit and Killed by DUI Hit-and-Run Driver in Santa Rosa
SANTA ROSA (June 2, 2018) – An elderly pedestrian was killed by an alleged DUI hit-and-run driver at Santa Rosa Avenue and Court Road Saturday morning, according to The Press Democrat.
The victim has been identified as 88-year-old Jose Sanchez Lozano, of Santa Rosa.
As per the article, police said Lozano was walking in the crosswalk at the intersection when he was struck by a white Chevy pickup truck. The pickup was traveling south on Santa Rosa Avenue when the accident occurred just after 6:20 a.m.
The elderly man was pronounced dead dead at the scene.
Eduardo Espinosa, 20, Arrested For DUI Hit-and-Run
Witnesses told police that the operator of the Chevy did not stop after hitting Lozano and sped off.
The suspect, 20-year-old Eduardo Jaurez Espinosa, The Santa Rosa resident then lost control of the truck and drove through the northbound lanes of Santa Rosa Avenue.
The pickup jumped the curb, slammed into a street sign before coming to a stop amid bushes near the La Plaza Mexican restaurant. Espinosa, who was suspected of drunk driving. fled on foot but was later found near an apartment complex on Bellevue Avenue.
The motorist was taken into custody and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with intoxication, felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury or death.
We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Jose Lozano during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
It is evident that Mr. Eduardo Espinosa will be held fully responsible for causing the tragic incident that led to the death of the innocent pedestrian involved. Leaving the scene following a crash is a serious crime and punishable by law especially if the incident tragically killed and injured other individuals.
Aside from fleeing, the suspect is also accused of driving under the influence of alcohol at the time. In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing are clearly factors, the surviving family of Mr. Jose Lozano will be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. The claim will include a compensation for the funeral costs, hospital bills, future medical needs and lost wages, pain and suffering and lost of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim of an auto accident caused by a negligent person, we encourage you to speak with our experienced wrongful death lawyers to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Call us at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.
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