Kathryn Stokes Killed in Soquel DUI Hit-and-Run Accident; Julissa Guzman Arrested
SOQUEL, Santa Cruz County (December 3, 2017) – An elderly pedestrian died after an alleged DUI hit-and-run accident in the area of Soquel Drive and Rosedale Avenue Saturday, according to KSBW and KION News.
The victim has been identified by family as 86-year-old Kathryn Stokes, of Capitola.
As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said Stokes was walking across the street near Soquel Drive and Rosedale Avenue when she was struck by a car at about 5 p.m.
Witnesses said the Stokes was knocked over a fence upon impact. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, CHP affirmed that the driver involved did not stop to render aid and fled. The license plate of the suspect vehicle, a blue 2002 Lincoln LS, was left behind.
The motorist, 21-year-old Julissa Guzman, was later found at a parking lot a short distance from the crash site. The Watsonville woman was taken into custody and is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Ms. Kathryn Stokes during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
It is evident that Ms. Julissa Guzman will be held fully responsible for causing the collision that led to the death of Ms. Kathryn Stokes. Regardless of her reasons, leaving the scene following a crash is a serious crime and punishable by law especially if the incident tragically killed another individual.
Aside from fleeing, the suspect is also accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. This leave the family of Ms. Stokes the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party who has neglected the safety of other people on the road. The claim will include a recompense for the funeral costs, loss of future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim of an auto accident caused by the negligence and wrongdoing of another person, we encourage you to speak with our experienced wrongful death lawyer to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Call us at 800-235-6801 for a free case consultation.
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