Person Seriously Injured in San Francisco Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident on El Camino Real; Teresita Leano Arrested
San Francisco, California (January 21, 2020) – A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver last week Thursday in South San Francisco, according to police.
The accident happened at around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, January 16 on El Camino Real.
Authorities said the pedestrian was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk in the No. 1 lane of southbound El Camino Real when they were hit by a vehicle that was traveling southbound.
The pedestrian was transported to a trauma center with major life-threatening injuries. The name and condition of the patient at this time were not available.
The driver of the vehicle involved, identified as Teresita Leano, 65, of San Bruno, did not stop to render aid and fled the scene. Authorities later located Leano after receiving a call from one of her family members.
Leano was found approximately three blocks south of the scene of the accident. She was arrested and booked into custody on suspicion of hit-and-run.
According to the reports, Leano has been released from jail, and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office will review the case.
The accident remains under investigation.
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.