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Jesus Trujillo-Sanchez, 27, Arrested After Pedestrian Crash that Hospitalized Sister’s Boyfriend on Palm Ave in Atwater

Atwater, CA – According to KSEE, 27-year-old Atwater man Jesus Trujillo-Sanchez was taken into custody following an incident where he allegedly used his truck to strike his sister’s boyfriend.

The Atwater Police Department reported that the event occurred late Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2024, prompting a response to a disturbance call in the 2400 block of Palm Avenue around 4:30 PM.

Upon reaching the scene, officers found a blue Toyota that had collided with a tree in the 400 block of Fortuna Avenue. Trujillo-Sanchez attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended after a pursuit. Responders also discovered an injured man beside the vehicle. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

Investigations revealed that Trujillo-Sanchez had driven recklessly, intentionally leaving the road to strike the victim, who happened to be his sister’s boyfriend. As a result, he faces charges of attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon.

Duty of Care and Personal Injury

Readers should bear in mind that any printed statements regarding the responsibility for a collision or intent of suspects may be no more than speculation based on initial investigations of law enforcement. Later evidence may change the picture of what happened, and all parties involved should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Drivers have a legal responsibility to provide an extra duty of care toward pedestrians and bicyclists who have less protection than the cars they share the road with and are therefore more likely to receive critical or even fatal injuries in a collision. Drivers involved in a crash with pedestrians or cyclists are expected to stay at the scene of the collision, help to secure emergency medical services for the injured, and cooperate with law enforcement when they arrive.

Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, a pedestrian injured in an accident like the one described above my have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury claim, which can help cover costs like medical expenses resulting from the crash.

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