A man was killed and a teenaged girl injured after the two were struck in a hit and run accident Tuesday night in San Bernardino.
According to local police reports, the accident took place at around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of West Highland Avenue and North California Street, where 28 year old Arnolfo Antonio and a 16 year old girl were making their way across the street.
The two were reportedly crossing outside of the marked crosswalk in a poorly lit portion of the road just west of the intersection when they were struck.
The vehicle, which fled the scene, was traveling westbound in the far right lane of Highland Avenue when the collision took place. Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene by responding officers. The teenaged girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She is expected to make a full recovery.
San Bernardino police are currently conducting a thorough investigation to track down the driver who struck the two. The suspect’s vehicle reportedly has noticeable damage on its right side, where the vehicle struck the man and a missing side view mirror on the left side where the girl was hit.
Police are attempting to uncover the make and model of the vehicle by the side view mirror, which was left behind at the scene. At this time all that is known is that the vehicle is a sedan.
Investigators are also looking into available surveillance video from a nearby liquor store to try to uncover more information. Anyone with information or who may have seen the accident is encouraged to call the SBPD as soon as possible.
As a pedestrian, it is important to cross over active roads in a marked crosswalk, particularly at night when lighting is poor. When crossing outside of the legal walkway, it is difficult for drivers to register your presence in time to stop their vehicle.
Even so, as a driver, if you find yourself in an unforced accident, it is essential to remain on the scene. Fleeing the area will do nothing but seriously increase the trouble you will find yourself in, especially when the accident does serious damage, as in the case with this accident.
Victims in hit and run accidents face a challenging task of trying to recover compensation to repair their damages without the presence of a guilty party. In these circumstances, it is even more important to enlist the help of an experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer who can get you what you need to recover.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we can guide you through this difficult process and get you the justice you deserve. And as always, we will not charge you anything for our services until your case is won. Call us today for a free evaluation and to learn how out accident lawyers can help you!