Vincent Aguilera Killed In Gilroy Hit-And-Run Car Accident By West 10th Street and Eigleberry Street
GILROY, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2020) – A 60-year-old man identified as Vincent Aguilera has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident near the intersection of 10th Street and Eigleberry.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 11:40 p.m. on July 25th. For reasons that remain under investigation a car hit Vincent Aguilera and then fled the scene.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. The pedestrian was flown to a local trauma center
Despite life-saving measures Vincent Aguilera later died as a result of his injuries. Gilroy police are still searching for the suspect and asking anyone that may have witnessed the crash to reach out to them for help.
Liability In Gilroy Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Pedestrians account for a substantial portion of the fatal accidents that occur every year. According to the NHTSA, “in 2018 most pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in urban settings (79%), on the open road (74%) vs. intersections (25%), and at night (76%). The largest number of pedestrian deaths occur on Saturdays (1,031), and the majority of these deaths happen at night (837).” There are a number of factors that may influence the likelihood of a pedestrian accident:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication
- Dangerous left turns
All drivers have a legal obligation to remain at the scene of an accident that results in bodily injury or death. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.
It is important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. Eye witnesses can help identify the driver and the vehicle that left the scene after an accident. Intersections also may have surveillance footage that could be useful to investigators. A victim’s family could get justice through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Gilroy Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Vincent Aguilera. The driver responsible for this crash should do the right thing and turn themself in. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation.
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