Passenger, 53, Dies at Hospital
LAYTONVILLE (August 14, 2017)- According to the Press Democrat, a deadly hit and run collision was reported Sunday evening on southbound Highway 101 in Mendocino County.
California Highway Patrol officials were alerted to the crash involving two vehicles described as a 1965 Ford Falcon and a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
According to witnesses, the driver of the Ford Explorer struck Falcon tragically causing fatal injuries to the passenger identified as Lorna Ballard, 53, of Concord.
The driver of the Falcon only being ID’ed as a woman was injured and transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Her condition has not yet been updated.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Explorer failed to stop and render aid and proceeded to leave the scene. The driver was profiled by at least one witness to have been a Latino male in his 30s, roughly 5’10 weighing 215 pounds.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts should call 707‑521-5412.
The stretch of Highway 101 through Mendocino County is considered one of the most dangerous streets to drive on in California as there are accidents that take place on a daily basis. Drivers should be cognizant and aware of other drivers who they share the road with. JAG Founder James Johnson has handled several accident cases that have taken place on Highway 101 including a recent hit-and-run collision as he is very familiar with the road itself and its dangers.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Concord wrongful death lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
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