Palm Springs, CA- Each year thousands of Americans die or are injured in commercial trucking accidents. In most of those crashes, the truck driver stays at the scene and takes responsibility. But there are some incidents, like a recent one in California, in which a truck driver leaves the scene of an accident without offering aid to the victims.
California Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Tractor-Trailer
On Thursday, December 21, 2017, a 69-year-old woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while she was standing outside her mobile home in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The woman told her daughter she was stepping out of their shared mobile home, which was parked near the 3700 block of Union Pacific Avenue, to look for her cat, the Los Angeles Times reports. While she was outside, she was struck by an 18-wheeler.
Instead of stopping to render aid, the truck driver took off and left the badly injured woman in the street. Police told the Los Angeles Times that woman was run over by a front wheel of the truck.
A passerby found the injured woman in the road and called 911. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident was caught on a nearby security camera, and now police are trying to locate the driver.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of Truck Accidents?
There is a myriad of reasons a truck driver flees the scene of an accident, but the three most common are:
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Driving with a suspended or revoked commercial driver’s license
Failure to carry insurance on vehicle
Truckers who are involved in a traffic collision for any of the reasons above or others face losing their commercial driver’s license which also means they lose their livelihoods. That’s a risk some truck drivers don’t want to take so they flee despite the ramifications.
Under California Vehicle Code, all motorists are required to stop and render aid if they cause an accident or are involved in one. Drivers who flee the scene of a fatal crash may be charged with a felony and could face jail time.
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