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Derek Shingu surrenders to authorities after hit-and-run crash that killed one

Posted: September 19, 2022

GILROY, CA (September 19, 2022) – Derek Shingu, 54, of Gilroy, turned himself into police following a hit-and-run crash that killed one person.

The collision occurred on Monday, September 14, around 8:54 p.m. near Wren Avenue and El Cerrito Way, according to KRON 4. Gilroy police officers arrived to find an unidentified man dead on the scene.

Derek Shingu surrendered to Gilroy police two days later at around 10:23 a.m. and was booked at Santa Clara County jail for hit-and-run resulting in death or injury and vehicular manslaughter.

Shingu was driving a 2020 Jeep Cherokee SUV that was detained by police for evidence.

We will update this story with more details when they become available to us.

Liability In Gilroy 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 Derek Shingu’s Hit-and-Run Crash in Gilroy

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person tragically killed in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.

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