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Police Searching for Driver Who Hit Pedestrian

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on June 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Hit and Run, Orange County

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santa ana criminal defense lawyerThe father of an autistic man who was hit in an Orange County intersection is imploring the driver to come forward.

Police have little to go on except surveillance video from the intersection at Chapman Avenue and Beach Boulevard that shows a teal truck barreling through the intersection, hitting the pedestrian, and dragging him for several feet. When the man finally slides out from underneath the truck, the vehicle pauses and the driver sticks his head out and sees the man. The truck then speeds off.

The man injured in the hit-and-run was 24-year-old Jeff Bell of Yorba Linda, a high-functioning autistic adult who was changing buses at the intersection on his way to work. He suffered burns on 20 percent of his body and had 38 stitches in his scalp.

Police say the truck is a late 90s GMC pickup with a sticker on the back of the cab window, and would have front-end damage from the crash.

California law allows sentencing enhancements for hit-and-run drivers. For a hit and run, the sentence includes 90 days in county jail or up to four years in state prison, and fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. However, if you leave the scene of an accident, you can be sentenced to an additional five years.

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