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Rider dies in California hit-and-run motorcycle accident

A fatal hit-and-run accident can leave California families struggling with the emotions and financial hardships that can come from unexpectedly losing a loved one, not to mention the fact that the alleged perpetrator attempted to flee justice. One recent hit-and-run motorcycle accident left a 57-year-old man riding a Harley Davidson dead. The driver of the pickup truck believed to have fatally struck the man did not stop to render aid or speak with authorities.

The victim had been traveling southbound along Highway 49 just before the fatal crash. The driver of the pickup truck, on the other hand, had been going in the opposite direction. For some unknown reason, she veered her vehicle into the path of the Harley Davidson. The victim did attempt to swerve away from the pickup truck, but was unable to keep his motorcycle under control. He slid onto the pavement, was thrown from his bike and slammed into a car traveling behind the pickup truck, which fled the scene.

Officials put out the word of the type of truck they were seeking in relation to the fatal collision -- a 2002 GMC Sierra. Eventually, a 54-year-old woman with the exact same type of vehicle did decide to surrender herself to the California Highway Patrol. She has been charged with both vehicular manslaughter as well as fleeing from the collision site.

Losing a family member in a motorcycle accident like this can be hard enough for California residents to endure. Having the person allegedly responsible fail to stop can make it an even more devastating time. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident like this may be able to seek restitution in a wrongful death lawsuit. While it won't restore a lost life, it can help hold a responsible driver accountable in the event of a successful litigation.

Source: Modesto Bee, "Woman arrested after leaving scene of fatal accident," June 28, 2013

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