Compton, Hit and Run on 105 Freeway, Case Dismissed
The accident occurred at about 2:00 a.m. and our client watched the collision of the two other vehicles, as it took place about 100 feet in front of her and one lane over to her right. She had an unobstructed view of the crash. The Escalade then sped off at a high rate of speed. Our client did not speed away. She remained the only car behind the victim’s car.Without All the Details, What Happened?: Compton hit & run on 105 freeway, client on probation already, delayed entry of plea, five days of community service and case dismissed.
The victim told police officers that our client and he then drove south bound onto the I-710 Freeway and together exited on Alondra Boulevard, whereupon they pulled over and stopped in a parking lot. This description of events suggested our client was cooperating with the victim to exchange insurance information, certainly not what one would expect if one intended to “run” as in committing a hit and run.
The victim then described a convoluted scenario where he and our client discussed the case and, in response, our client got in her car and sped away, refusing to provide her name or phone number.
During this supposed discussion, the victim recorded our client’s license plate. The victim was not injured.
The victim then called the police, reported our client’s license plate number and our client was charged with violating Vehicle Code § 20002(a) (Hit-and-Run), a misdemeanor.
Complicating matters, our client was on probation for a possession of marijuana conviction (pre-Prop 64 legalizing adult possession of marijuana for personal use) at the time of the supposed accident and the hit and run constituted a probation violation, exposing our client to up to one year in county jail.
Greg Hill from Greg Hill & Associates met with the client, who brought the police report with her. Greg then asked to look at her car, which had not been repaired or altered since the date of the alleged accident. Our client’s car did have some front-end damage, but she attributed this to a collision she had with a fire hydrant and indeed, the paint transfer showed yellow paint on her car. There was no transfer of white paint onto our client’s dark blue Ford Explorer. The victim’s car was white.
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