9-Month Old Baby Injured in San Rafael Pedestrian Accident on Fifth Avenue; Ashley Bowman Arrested
San Rafael, California (February 8, 2020) – A 9-month-old baby was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver Friday morning in San Rafael, according to authorities.
The accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 7 on Fifth Avenue.
Authorities said a 19-year-old San Rafael woman was pushing her 9-month-old brother in a stroller inside a crosswalk when the stroller was hit by a Honda Civic that was turning left onto Fifth Avenue. The force of the impact caused the stroller to overturn.
The baby was launched from the stroller and suffered facial injuries.
The driver of the Civic, Ashley Bowman, 28, stopped briefly and fled the scene.
Bowman, who was driving with her 6-month-old daughter, was later arrested on three felony charges, including bodily injury while driving under the influence of drugs, hit and run resulting in injury and willful cruelty to a child. She was held in Marin County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said