2 Teens, 2 Adults Injured in Crash at Niles Street and Sterling Road
BAKERSFIELD (December 26, 2018) – The DUI hit-and-run driver that injured four people in a crash at Niles Street and Sterling Road Tuesday has been arrested, according to Kern Golden Empire and 23 ABC.
California Highway Patrol said 19-year-old Mark Gallegos was driving a Saturn Aura when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Niles Street and Sterling Road.
The Bakersfield man then struck a Honda Pilot which rolled over and landed upside down at a nearby Amstar Gas Station. The Saturn ended up slamming into a sign post nearby.
The Honda was carrying five people when the accident took place on December 25 at around 2 a.m.
As per the reports, a 16-year-old girl riding the Honda sustained a broken clavicle and skull fracture and an 11-year-old girl suffered a head injury and broken clavicle as a result of the crash.
DUI Hit-and-Run Suspect ID’d as Mark Gallegos, 19
The Honda’s driver and another occupant, ages 40 and 64 respectively, suffered minor injuries upon impact. A 10-year-old boy traveling with them was unharmed.
All four were transported to the hospital for treatment. Their names and condition at this time were not disclosed.
Their names and condition at this time were not disclosed. Meanwhile, CHP affirmed that Gallegos, who was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time, and a male passenger fled on foot after the wreck.
He reportedly arrived to Kern Medical Center with a broken ankle. The suspect was later arrested and is facing two felony charges for DUI and hit-and-run.
Kern County Personal Injury Lawyer
It is evident that Mr. Mark Gallegos will be held fully responsible for causing the traffic incident that led to the serious injuries of the teenage girls involved. The suspect is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol which has corresponding criminal penalties as it is considered as a serious wrongdoing throughout the state.
Aside from DUI, the motorist also fled the scene after causing the wreck. These two factors leave the occupants of the Honda Pilot a right to a personal injury claim seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If your loved one has been hurt in an auto collision, contact our experienced Kern County personal injury lawyer at 855-703-4186 to help you with your case.