William Alvarez, 53, attempted to cross Sterling Avenue around 5:20 p.m. when he was struck by a blue Chevy Blazer. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the SUV, identified as 35-year-old Tommy Kormillo,sped away from the scene, leaving the hood of his vehicle behind. Kormillo turned himself in Tuesday afternoon; he has been booked on charges of felony hit-and-run.
Over the last few years hit-and-run accidents have been on the rise in many major Californian cities. Data from the NHTSA indicates that there has been an increase in hit-and-run deaths every year since 2009.
Los Angeles and its neighboring cities and counties have been the hardest hit. Every year the city of Los Angeles experiences about 20,000 hit-and-run accidents resulting in over 4,000 injuries or deaths.
Many hit-and-run accident victims face the discouraging uncertainty that the negligent driver responsible for their accident won’t be held accountable for the damage he or she inflicted. However, you don’t have to wait until the other driver is caught before beginning to pursue your claim.
By visiting a doctor and seeking legal guidance from an experienced car accident attorney, you can prepare yourself to file a claim against the guilty party or with you uninsured motorist insurance.
At Bergener & Associates, our experience and resources gives our Highland personal injury lawyers the opportunity to pursue a variety of challenging cases. We have helped many San Bernardino accident victims receive the compensation they need to make a full recovery.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, you need to be informed about your rights and options moving forward. Give us a call at 1-800-881-2021 to find out how we can help you today. We are available to answer your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.