Joseph Macedo Arrested After Modesto DUI Hit-And-Run Accident at College and Granger Avenues, May 9
Modesto, California (May 11, 2020) – According to authorities, a suspected DUI hit-and-run accident that occurred in Modesto Saturday evening resulted in major injuries.
A woman and two children were hospitalized after their pickup truck collided with a black Honda driven by 23-year-old Joseph Anthony Macedo at the intersection of College and Granger avenues.
Due to the impact, the 23-year-old woman was pinned inside the truck. She was rescued from the wreckage by firefighters and then taken to the hospital for treatment of serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
The two children, aged 7 and 11, sustained non-serious injuries and were also transported to a local hospital for further aid.
Macedo, who was allegedly driving while intoxicated, fled the scene after the wreck. Officials later arrested him on suspicion of DUI causing injury, driving on a revoked or suspended license and hit-and-run. The Modesto resident was booked on a $50,000 bail.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.