Witnesses in Hesperia helped track down a suspect after a hit-and-run crash that killed a 15-year-old boy identified as Moises Chequete. According to a Victor Valley News report, the incident occurred the morning of June 15, 2017. Moises was walking alone north along Santa Fe Avenue when a blue 1992 Chevy Corsica driven by 20-year-old Benjamin Jordan Harrity struck him from behind and failed to stop and render aid to the victim. Moises was rushed to an area hospital but died from his injuries.
Quick Action by Witnesses
Witnesses followed the suspect’s vehicle while updating police about its location until deputies arrived at the scene. Police said without the witnesses they would not have been able to locate the hit-and-run vehicle and driver. Harrity was detained and determined to have been under the influence. He was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Police have commended the witnesses for their quick thinking and immediate notification of 911 operators. The information the witnesses provided helped police apprehend the suspect in a timely manner, officials said.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Moises Chequete for their tragic loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver was not only under the influence at the time, but also struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene of a fatal crash. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
Also, under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal collision. In this case, the driver not only struck the pedestrian while intoxicated but fled the scene without rendering any type of aid to the young victim.
Justice for Victims’ Families
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved families can file what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. A knowledgeable San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held accountable.