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A Man Fleeing the Scene of an Accident is Hit and Killed

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

The passenger of a car fled the scene of a DUI accident on San Jose only to be hit and killed by a hit and run driver just minutes later.

Details about the Bizarre Hit-and-Run Accident

KTVU News is reporting that a passenger fled the scene of a DUI accident on a San Jose freeway only to then be hit and killed by another hit-and-run driver just minutes later, according to authorities.

The victim has been identified by authorities as 20-year-old Ronald Diaz.

The series of events began at about 3:55 a.m. on Sunday morning when the California Highway Patrol was dispatched to an overturned 1997 Honda Passport on the ram from northbound Interstate 280 to southbound Highway 87.

Officers then determined that the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, Izabell Fernandez, and her six passengers had all fled the scene on foot.

Four of the passengers were detained at the bottom of the ramp, and San Jose police found Fernandez and another passenger on a street near the accident.

Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and a hit-and-run – both of which are felonies.

Four of the passengers in the vehicle were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was booked for public intoxication.

After the accident, Diaz began walking along Interstate 87. He was hit by a car near Santa Clara Street and the impact sent him onto an adjacent ramp that leads to Santa Clara Street. The driver that hit Diaz did not stop. The police are currently searching for that driver, as well.

Important Information about Hit-and-Run Drivers

According to an article in USA Today:

From 2009-2011, there was a 13 percent increase in the number of hit-and-run accidents in the United States.
In 2009, the number of hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles accounted for about half of all recorded accidents in the city during that year.
In 2011, there were a total of 1,274 hit-and-run fatalities in the United States. 

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