Matthew Galea arrested for killing Dylan Yoacham hit-and-run in Sutter Creek

Posted: May 20, 2022

UPDATE May 20, 2022: The victim in this case was identified as 15-year-old Dylan Yoacham of Sutter Creek according to ABC 10. We earlier reported that Dylan was taken to a hospital in grave condition, and unfortunately has passed away after succumbing to his injuries.

SUTTER CREEK, CA (May 19, 2022) – Matthew Galea, 40, was arrested after fleeing a crash that injured a 16-year-old in Amador County.

The accident occurred on Tuesday night around 8:35 p.m., according to Sutter Creek Police, when the 16-year-old boy was crossing the road near Highway 49 and Valley View Way with another person.

In a Facebook post by the Sutter Creek Police Department, the teenager was said to have been struck by a car and taken to a trauma center in Sacramento in “grave condition.”

Galea fled the scene after the crash, but was later found and identified in El Dorado County. He was arrested and booked into Amador County Jail for suspicion of felony hit and run resulting in death or injury.

Liability In Sutter Creek Pedestrian Accidents

Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could lead to a pedestrian collision including:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driver distraction
  • Inclement weather

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Sutter Creek Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our sympathies and condolences to the family of Dylan Yoacham. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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