A 22-year-old Oceanside man was arrested on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, on suspicion of having caused a fatal hit-and-run accident back on April 16. The fatal crash, which occurred near 1400 Mission Avenue, claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman, one day before her birthday.
The young man is alleged to have been driving his 1998 Honda Civic in the westbound direction along Oceanside’s Mission Avenue at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred. According to witness statements, the man could have been traveling as fast as 70 to 80 mph when he struck the woman that evening. The woman died upon impact.
In the crash report, witnesses are cited as having said that the driver of the Honda didn’t appear to make any attempt to stop at the accident scene. He drove off instead.
One witness is described in the crash report as having followed the man’s car as he left the accident scene. That witness tracked the man first as he got on Interstate 5 and proceeded in the northbound direction. That same individual then also followed the man as he got on State Route 76 and continued driving eastbound.
The witness, however, lost sight of the motorist once he arrived in Lawrence Canyon and Loretta Street. Officers found the man’s Honda Civic near 300 Stage Coach Road the following day.
As for why police waited two months before arresting the man, it’s unclear. Once arrested, he was booked into the San Diego County Jail in Vista. He was due to be arraigned on June 15, 2017, at which time his bail was to be set at $50,000.
This woman’s senseless death is just one example of countless hit-and-run fatalitiesthat occur across California on a regular basis. In working with a Vista, California, pedestrian accident attorney, the woman’s family may be able to recover funeral costs and other damages as part of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: Oceanside Patch, “Man arrested in fatal oceanside hit-and-run,” June 14, 2017