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Driver Arrested After Leaving the Scene of Fatal Las Vegas Hit-and-Run Crash

DUI accident

Stephen Palmatier, 38 was killed and three others were injured in a DUI hit-and-run crash in Las Vegas on the morning of June 1. According to a Fox 5 news report, police say the woman accused of causing the deadly crash and fleeing, 38-year-old Lisa Geurino, had taken five shots before getting in the car. She faces DUI and hit-and-run charges in connection with the fatal crash, which occurred near Centennial Parkway and Shaumber Road.

DUI Hit-and-Run Crash

Palmatier, who was the right-front passenger in the other vehicle, died from his injuries. His 3-year-old son was transported to an area hospital in critical condition while his wife and 6-year-old daughter suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Geurino was not at the scene when officials arrived and she did not call the police to report the crash.

Based on their investigation police say the Jeep driven by Geurino failed to stop at a stop sign and was traveling at 66 mph in a 45 mph zone. Police said the brakes were never applied before the collision. Officials said Geurino was at a club where she played poker and according to a bartender there, drank five shots of Patron Silver before she left.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Palmatier for their tremendous loss. We also wish his family members including the children who have been injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case broke a number of laws. Officials say she was speeding at the time by driving over the posted speed limit. They also say she ran a stop sign before striking the victims’ vehicle and that she had consumed alcohol and shots before getting on the road. Under Nevada law, it is illegal to drive over the speed limit, to run a stop sign and drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In such cases, in addition to facing criminal penalties, drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

Sources: https://www.fox5vegas.com/2022/06/03/report-driver-took-5-shots-before-crash-that-killed-las-vegas-father-critically-injured-3-year-old/



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