Marlene Mori Killed; Jesus Montano, 63, Arrested Hit-and-run Charges
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (April 27, 2018) – Marlene Mori, 64, of Fallon, Nevada was killed on March 14th in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident as she crossed Ramon Road near Camino Real, according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.
The crash took place about 9:45 p.m. The victim was struck by a driver later identified as Jesus Manuel Montano, 63, of Calexico who fled the scene. Montano surrendered a few hours later to the Palm Springs Police Department and was arrested. He posted $75,000 bail and was released the next day from the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Police say the driver is scheduled to be in court this morning.
Police say there were no traffic signals at the intersection where Mori was crossing. She was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center where she later died.
The 1996 teal Nissan 200SX Montano was driving was located in Cathedral City and impounded as evidence.
Riverside County Accident Investigation
It’s unknown at this time who had the right-of-way when this woman was killed, but a driver who flees the scene of a fatal crash may be held liable in criminal and civil court. Police are reviewing the evidence and interviews with potential witnesses to piece together what happened. Our law firm has fought for victim’s rights and to obtain justice for them for more than a decade. If a negligent driver or entity is at fault for a collision resulting in injuries to you or a loved one, there may be grounds for a civil lawsuit or wrongful death claim. While this is always a personal decision, for many the financial losses associated with a traffic accident are significant.
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