At Least 1 Killed in Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident on Highway 49
LOCATION: Spring Valley
DATE OF COLLISION: Monday, September 17th
September 17, 2018 – One passenger was killed, and two others were injured in a traffic collision on eastbound Highway 94 Monday afternoon, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
At about 1:50 p.m. today, a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz was rolled over on the part of the highway near the Campo Road and Sweetwater Springs Boulevard exit. Investigators believed the driver lost control of the car, and swerved toward the center divider and struck the barrier made of wood and steel. The sedan reportedly landed upside down on the barrier before rolling into the median on the opposite side of the highway.
First responders found a woman, who appeared to be in her early 20s, trapped in the wreckage. The victim was rushed to Sharp Memorial Hospital where she was sadly pronounced deceased.
DUI Driver Rene Ruiz Arrested After Hit-and-Run Accident in Spring Valley
Meanwhile, authorities mentioned the Mercedes-Benz driver and a front seat passenger fled the scene. Officials identified the driver as 27-year-old Rene Ruiz and the front seat passenger as a 22-year-old La Mesa woman. Both parties were found hiding in a canyon near the crash site. As per the article, Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
Based on this news report, it appears that Mr. Rene Ruiz will be held responsible for the traffic collision that resulted in one person killed. Pending results of the investigation, the family members of the deceased may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. Surviving family of victims killed in similar accidents are potentially entitled to seek recompense for funeral costs, and loss of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim in a traffic accident and you are unsure of what steps to take, we encourage you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 855-703-4186. Give us a call and speak with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you take the right steps following a traumatic incident.