In Southern California, an older man was arrested on suspicion of homicide after he killed a woman and injured a man during a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning near Buena Park, police said.
According to the Buena Park Police Department, the incident was reported at 1:30 a.m. at a Holiday Inn near the 7000 block of Beach Boulevard.
Authorities say 60-year-old Nelson Ward Jr. allegedly ran over a woman and a man with his van before he left the scene. He was found injured a block away from the scene.
Witnesses saw a man exit the van and run from the scene after the crash.
Firefighters found the woman pinned under the vehicle, identified as Jessica Lynn Brown; she was pronounced dead later at the scene, according to police.
The male victim has been identified by police as 51-year-old Robert Shore, he was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe the three knew each other, but a motive has not been determined.
The accident is still under investigation.
Hit and Runs compose about 14% of all Fatal and Injury Collisions in Buena Park according to the Office of Traffic Safety. 14% equals to around 15 hit and run crashes, it is relatively low as compared to Los Angeles’ 30% hit and run rate, equalling to 3,277 hit and run crashes. Buena Park’s 1/8 of Los Angeles’ population allows the community to witness fewer fatalities than the much bigger L.A., however, this means when a tragedy does occur it is more likely to happen to someone you know. Having a greater knowledge of the effects of drinking and driving will give you an insight on how influential the depressant has on your brain’s effectiveness. Choosing not to drink and drive means avoiding injury to yourself and others.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident in Orange County, contacting an experienced and professional personal injury attorney from the offices of Guldjian Law APC for a professional lawyer’s opinion on how you can gather a settlement through a free legal consultation.
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