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Fatal Hit-and-Run in East Oakland

By Kelly Balamuth on January 29, 2015

On January 23, 2015, an 84-year-old woman was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in East Oakland. She was found at the intersection of 18th Avenue and East 15th Street at 8:08 a.m. Friday morning and transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

A home security camera captured the accident, which showed the victim crossing the street when the car failed to slow down, hitting her in the middle of the road, which threw her several yards away. The car only paused for two seconds before simply taking off. The driver, a 30-year-old woman from Oakland, was arrested later that day at 9:40 p.m. after her car was found abandoned near where the crash occurred. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, according to authorities.

In the state of California, pedestrians have the right of way and it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident. Motorists are required to stop if an accident results in property damage, injury or death under the California motor vehicle code. California has a high rate of fatal pedestrian accidents, exceeding the national average by about 58 percent, according to the CDPH. About one-fifth of pedestrian fatalities are caused by hit-and-run collisions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run crash, reach out to a knowledgeable Oakland car accident lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be eligible to receive significant compensation from the at-fault party. Contact personal injury attorney Kelly Balamuth at (888) 254-1234 for a free case evaluation.

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