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San Bernardino Hit-and-Run Leaves Man Dead, Teen Injured

Sizzling LEO | 3:24 AM | 0 comments

October 15, 2012—San Bernardino, CA—CBS News reports that authorities are still searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a man and injured a teenage girl in San Bernardino on Tuesday.

The accident occurred at the intersection of West Highland Avenue and North California Street in San Bernardino around 9:30 p.m. on October 9, according to the California Highway Patrol. Armulfo Antonio and an unidentified 16-year-old girl were crossing the street when they were hit by a dark sedan that fled the scene. Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene while the girl, who was possibly under the influence of alcohol, was treated at an area hospital.

The driver’s side mirror apparently came off in the accident and police are attempting to match it to the vehicle. Anyone with information about a dark sedan with extensive front-end damage and a missing side mirror is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol.

Would-be informants can also call the tip line sponsored by Bisnar | Chase, the WeTip crime hotline, at 800-6-Hit-N-Run (800-644-8678).

Hit-and-Run Remains a Large Problem

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, in 2010 there were a total of 147 people killed and 19,009 people injured in hit-and-run accidents. This represents about five percent of all traffic fatalities and about 12 percent of all traffic injuries. Pedestrians were four times more likely to be affected by hit-and-run drivers than any other category of victims, with 83 pedestrians making up more than half of the hit-and-run fatalities for the year.

These statistics show us that hit-and-run is not an isolated or uncommon phenomenon. The drivers who perpetrate these crimes are showing callous disregard for the lives and safety of others, and everyone should make it a priority to hold these drivers accountable, not just the victims of the accidents. Even if you are not the victim of a hit-and-run yourself, the numbers show that you could well be affected in the future, and you are also paying the costs of these accidents through higher insurance premiums whether you are a victim or not.

How Can I Help Stop Hit-and-Run Drivers?

The number one-thing you can do to help stop hit-and-run is to report any accidents that you witness. Take a moment and note the license plate number if possible. If not, get as many details about the car as possible. Immediately write these details down and report them to the police. Cooperate with officers who may want to question you or have you identify a driver at a later time.

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, seek the professional advice of a California accident injuries attorney.

A driver’s side mirror fell off during the collision and authorities are trying to match it to a specific make and model.

Investigators say the driver did not appear to be speeding at the time of the accident.

Officials are looking for a dark colored sedan with heavy front end damage that is also missing a driver’s side mirror. Anyone with information should call the California Highway Patrol.

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