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Police are asking the public for help in tracking down a man who struck and killed a pedestrian last month in Laguna Niguel.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, 29 year old Urbano Carrasco Martinez was driving a black Nissan Maxima sedan through the intersection of Golden Lantern and Marina Kills Drive in the early morning hours of September 7th when he struck 20 year old Carlos Eduardo Salas from behind.

Salas, a resident of Laguna Niguel, was dragged more than 25 feet before finally coming to rest as the car the struck him drove off. He was quickly transported to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Responding officers soon found Martinez’s car abandoned a quarter mile away from the scene of the accident. Investigators have discovered the he has not returned home or shown up for work since the crash.

Martinez, who also goes by the name Mario, is described as being about 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 160 pounds with dark clean cut hair and brown eyes. Anything with information that could lead to the arrest of this hit and run driver is being asked to contact the Laguna Niguel Police Department as soon as possible.

In times of low lighting, drivers and pedestrians have an increased responsibility to make themselves known to each other. Extra care needs to be taken to ensure that both parties understand the other’s presence on the road to prevent dangerous accidents like this.

In the unfortunate event that a collision does take place, fleeing the scene does nothing but complicate the situation and severely increase the repercussions of those involved. Victims are forced to endure a complicated process of recovering the compensation they need to mend the damages they have sustained.

In these kinds of circumstances, it is best for hit and run accident victims to seek out an Orange County car accident lawyer who can guide them through the legal process and get them what they rightfully deserve. Finding the right legal representation with relevant experience in hit and run accidents is essential to the success of your case.

At AA Accident Attorneys, we understand the troubles you are going through in these kinds of accidents, and can deliver results to help you move on to the future. We will not charge you anything for our legal services until your case has been won. Call us today to learn what our accident lawyers can do for you!

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