A driver was killed after a vehicle ran into a tree in Fresno early Monday and police are looking for another driver who may have caused the accident.
KFSN-TV reported the accident occurred in northeast Fresno around 1 a.m. along Shaw Avenue near 6th Street on November 8, 2021.
Fresno Police say a white car pulled into eastbound traffic on Shaw Avenue from Millbrook, causing the driver of a gray car to lose control and run into a tree. The driver of the gray car was tragically killed in the accident.
Another vehicle then collided with the gray car. The occupants of the third vehicle were not injured.
Investigators say they were told the driver of the white car got out of the vehicle and looked over the scene and then got back in and left the scene traveling eastbound on Shaw Avenue. Police officers would like to talk to that driver.
Crash reconstruction investigators worked through the early morning hours trying to determine the circumstances of the crash.
Drivers Leaving the Scenes of Accidents in Fresno
Drivers who take off from the scenes of accidents can leave behind people in real need of urgent medical attention. Not reporting the crash can delay the arrival of that care.
Hit-and-Run drivers also leave injured victims to face the enormous costs of hospital and rehabilitation care alone. It’s a devastating physical, emotional, and financial blow to the victim and the victim’s family members.
In the case of a fatal collision, the families of victims can be left without a way to seek justice against a driver who wasn’t identified. They can face the costs of a memorial service and burial while also having to pay for emergency response fees while losing the financial support the victim may have always provided.
It’s a tragedy that plays out on Fresno roads and highways far too often. California’s Traffic Injury Mapping System (TIMS) records these accidents each year for the city. In 2020, there were 161 accidents in Fresno involving misdemeanor or felony hit-and-run charges. These awful incidents ended up leaving 184 victims injured and claimed a total of 15 people’s lives for the year.
A Word About Fatal Hit-And-Run Accidents
Families who have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident may not be aware that they may seek assistance through a wrongful death claim. This support is often available even when the driver at fault remains unidentified.
You can read more about these cases on my page about wrongful death claims in California.