People have a responsibility to remain at the scene of an accident. They can’t simply drive away and hope everything turns out alright.
Kingman, AZ (PRWEB) October 01, 2013
The recent death of an Arizona teenager struck Aug. 17 in a fatal hit and run accident in Yuma, AZ illustrates just how dangerous such car accidents in Arizona can be, according to Arizona personal injury lawyer William Penn of the Law Offices of William Penn.
“The death of 14-year-old Mary Rodriguez reminds us that hit and run auto accidents need to be taken very seriously,” Penn said today. “People have a responsibility to remain at the scene of an accident. They can’t simply drive away and hope everything turns out alright. The drivers who cause car accidents in Arizona need to face the consequences of their actions. We know that’s hard sometimes. But that’s what responsible drivers do – even when they do something reckless or dangerous.”
The hit and run accident that killed Rodriguez occurred at around 5 a.m. on Aug. 17 near the intersection of 24th Street and Avenue B in Yuma, AZ, according to the Yuma Sun, “YPD makes arrests in Saturday’s hit-and-run” (Aug. 20, 2013). According to police interviewed by the Yuma Sun, Rodriguez was traveling on her skateboard inside a crosswalk when she was struck by a car that fled the scene of the accident. Rodriguez died the next day at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Yuma Sun reported.
On Aug. 19, police arrested Edgar Borquez, 23, of Yavapai Lane, Yuma, at his home based on a tip to police, according the Yuma Sun and Fox 10 Arizona, “Arrest made in fatal hit & run accident in Yuma” (Aug. 20, 2013). Police also arrested Borquez’s parents, Guadalupe, 57, and Olivia, 54, for allegedly trying to help conceal evidence from the hit and run accident. According to prosecutors in court during arraignments for all three suspects, Edgar Borquez allegedly drove home after hitting Rodriguez, woke up his parents and told them what happened, the Yuma Sun reported. Borquez’s parents then took the car to the back of their home, covered it and removed parts allegedly to take to Mexico, the Yuma Sun reported.
Edgar Borquez faces charges of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of the fatal accident, according to the San Francisco Gate, “Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run accident in Yuma” (Aug. 20, 2013). Borquez’s parents were charged with hindering the prosecution due to allegedly trying to conceal evidence.
Hit and run accidents demand strong legal action, according to Arizona hit and run accident lawyer William R. Penn. “Taking a tough stand against hit and run accidents is one of the best ways to prevent such accidents from ever happening again,” Penn said. “People need to know that if they flee the scene of the accident, there will be severe consequences for their actions. The same goes for people who help drivers who commit such crimes. Such people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“Our Arizona car accident law firm has seen firsthand just how devastating such accidents can be for families,” Penn added. “That’s why we work so hard to help people dealing with the aftermath of hit and run accidents in Arizona. We know that the work we do today can benefit families for many years to come.”
For more information about Arizona hit and run car accidents and the legal options available to Arizona families, call (928) 753-1830 or go to: http://www.williamrpenn.com/contact-accident-lawyer/
About William R. Penn Law Offices
Serving clients throughout Arizona and Nevada, personal injury lawyer William R. Penn has a well-earned reputation for being a top-notch attorney who delivers results. Attorney Penn handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, Social Security disability and Social Security income cases. Attorney Penn works for clients on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients do not pay anything if they do not win.
William R. Penn Law Offices
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