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Merced PD Seek Hit-and-Run Motorcyclist Who Hospitalized Le Grand Pedestrian

LE GRAND, CA — FOX26 reports that Jose Jesus Vera of Le Grand was using the leaf blower to clear the sidewalk at his brother’s house the evening of Wednesday, January 10, 2024, when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorcyclist.

The incident, which occurred on Washington Avenue in a residential area, has left Mr. Vera with severe injuries. Vera suffered a fractured eye socket, a broken cheek, a dislocated jaw, and a broken rib as a result of the hit-and-run.

Two motorcycles were captured on surveillance video racing at an alarming speed just moments before the collision. Witnesses reported that the motorcycle that struck Mr. Vera was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Despite being knocked off their bike in the collision, the motorcyclist did not stop to check on Mr. Vera’s condition. Instead, they quickly got back on the motorcycle and fled the scene, leaving the injured man behind.

Compensation for Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Victims

California law enables victims to hold insurance companies accountable following a collision even if the suspect speeds away. Once identified, victims or their families can file an accident claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance, without the need for a trial. A pedestrian accident injury claim is separate from criminal proceedings.

In cases where the hit-and-run suspect evades justice, victims have an alternative. Those with auto insurance or coverage under a family member’s policy can file an uninsured motorist claim. This claim, directed at the victim’s insurance, aids in covering medical bills and compensating for lost income during the absence from work.

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