One person was killed and another seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash on State Route 54 in the unincorporated Bonita area near Chula Vista, the second deadly crash on that stretch of freeway in less than two hours, authorities said Wednesday. The crash happened on westbound SR-54 west of Briarwood Road shortly before 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro said. A motorist behind the wheel of a silver Honda SUV was heading west on SR-54 when the driver approached a Chevrolet pickup that was stopped in one of the lanes due to traffic from a deadly single-vehicle crash that happened around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday on the Reo Drive off-ramp where a man was killed and three women were injured, Castro said. The Honda collided with the rear of the Chevrolet, causing major damage to the pickup, the officer said.
A passenger in the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman driving the Chevrolet was taken to a hospital for treatment of major injuries. No further details about the victims were immediately available. The Honda driver ran away from the crash and remained at large as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Castro said. No detailed suspect description was immediately available and it was not known if the driver was male or female. Investigators suspect alcohol, or drugs may have been a factor in the crash. The passenger who died was identified as 35-year-old Raymond Ferreyra from San Diego.
In this accident, the driver left their passenger behind to die alone after they hit the Chevrolet pickup truck. Hit-and-run is a criminal offense in California, resulting in misdemeanor and felony charges, depending on the damages to person, or property. Since death resulted from this accident, the chances of the highest criminal charges for hit-and-run are possible, coupled with any confirmation of drug, or alcohol involvement while driving. An accident attorney can assist with legal actions in catastrophic cases such as this one.
Fault, time to file and compensation.
An accident victim, or their family in the case of wrongful death, can bring a claim against the responsible party before filing a claim against their own no-fault insurance, and there is a two year time period to file a suit after an accident. Damages in wrongful death and personal injury cases may include medical bills, future care, compensation loss, pain and suffering and loss of companionship, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Seek legal counsel.
If you, or someone you love is injured, or dies as a result of a hit-and-run car accident, seek legal counsel immediately by contacting the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates. They can be instrumental in the financial recovery necessary to address personal injury and damages within the designated statute of limitations.
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