Bisnar | Chase Weighs in on Death of Woman Charged in Fatal Hit and Run Crash

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California hit-and-run lawyer comments about the death of 50-year-old Danielle Halverson, who, according to a Dec. 3 news report in The Journal-Review, may have died of an overdose. The report states Halverson was arrested and charged in connection with a March 17 hit-and-run crash that left 14-year-old Julianna Hobbs dead and 14-year-old Rachel Russell with injuries.

Danielle Halverson, 50 was charged with a hit and run and passed away 8 months later.

Danielle Halverson, 50 was charged with a hit and run and passed away 8 months later.

In all states including California, leaving the scene of an accident where someone has been injured or killed is a serious crime.

Danielle Halverson, 50, was found dead in her Florida home according to a Dec. 3 news report in The Daytona Beach Journal-Review. The article states that Halverson was charged in connection with a hit-and-run collision on March 17, which killed Julianna Hobbs, 14 and left Rachel Russell, also 14, with injuries.

Halverson was charged after she admitted to Florida Highway Patrol investigators that she hit the teens after losing control of her car while reaching for her cell phone, the report states.

Officials believe that Halverson may have died from some type of overdose, said sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson. Davidson said based on the circumstances, lack of injury and a note left by Halverson.

"This is simply a tragic situation and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone concerned," said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm and the Hit-and-Run Reward Program, which offers a $1,000 reward for any tip that results in the arrest and felony conviction of the hit-and-run driver.

In all states including California, leaving the scene of an accident where someone has been injured or killed is a serious crime. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."

Bisnar says hit-and-run victims and their families often bear the brunt of the incident. "It takes a physical, emotional and financial toll not only on victims, but also their families. Injured victims often face significant losses in the form of medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy and medical devices."

Whether it is driving while distracted by a cell phone or leaving the scene of a crash, these are actions that can have tragic consequences, Bisnar says. "Drivers must be vigilant at all times. That means staying off cell phones or other types of in-vehicle distractions. The law requires any driver involved in a car accident to stop immediately, regardless of who was at fault."

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The California hit-and-run lawyers at Bisnar | Chase represent families or victims of hit-and-run accidents. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of serious personal injuries and their families.

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Sources: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20121203/NEWS/312039967/1040?Title=Report-Woman-charged-in-fatal-hit-run-found-dead

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d10/vc20001.htm

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