The quick thinking of a witness helped authorities bring in the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed one.
After a search that lasted more than 10 hours, police arrested Erasto Gomez, 59. They had his license plate and a description of his vehicle because a witness followed him after he fled the scene of the crash.
“We are very thankful that the witness was not only able to just call, but to get close enough and be observant enough to actually get a license plate and call it in quickly to our dispatchers,” police said.
The crash took place at around 5:50 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016. The 19-year-old victim was driving a Nissan Sentra on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside when she entered the intersection.
Gomez had a red light, but continued moving into the intersection as well. He struck her Nissan, which pushed it into the center of the intersection, where it collided with an electrical pole.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and her family and friends soon gathered to hold vigil for the young girl’s life. Authorities had not released her name at the time of the crash because they weren’t able to alert all family members of the accident.
Police are still investigating the incident and whether or not the girl’s driving was also to blame for the deadly collision.
No matter what the cause of an accident, it can have serious effects on one’s health and state of mind. Often times, victims spend ample time and money in order to put their lives back together after a collision.
The team at the SoCal Injury Lawyers knows how hard this process can be and is here to help you in all aspects, whether you are unsure of your rights or ready to pursue a case against the driver who caused your accident. Call us today at 1-800-950-7755 and schedule a consultation in order to get started and, eventually, get back on your feet.