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Daryl Bagwell Killed in DUI Hit-and-Run Crash on Rose Avenue in Selma of Fresno County
Fresno County, CA (April 25, 2022) – Daryl Bagwell (58) was identified as a fatality in a DUI hit-and-run accident on Rose Avenue near Highland Avenue in Selma of Fresno County. According to the Fresno Bee, the crash happened at around 10:30 pm on Friday.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bagwell walked along Rose Avenue’s westbound lane. Then, Epigmeneo Cortez-Pedro (57) drove from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane, crashing into Bagwell.
Daryl Bagwell was walking when a vehicle struck and left him at the scene.
Afterward, Cortez-Pedro fled without checking on Bagwell. Cortez-Pedro also left his front bumper and license plate behind. Meanwhile, Bagwell died at the scene.
According to the CHP, authorities found a trail of fluid from Cortez-Pedro’s vehicle. They followed it and traced it to Cortez-Pedro’s home.
Then, authorities arrested Cortez-Pedro under suspicion of felony driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run causing great bodily injury.
Why Need a Crash Investigation?
Crash investigations are crucial. They can help determine the cause and liability. Motor vehicle accidents are common across the country. These investigations are important because most of the time, the fault is not on victims like Daryl Bagwell.
In addition to crash investigations, trustworthy and competent attorneys are crucial to uphold the rights of the victim’s family. Fortunately, well-known and experienced auto accident lawyers, such as our team at Jacoby & Meyers, can help protect your rights by guiding every step of the process.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Fresno
Daryl Bagwell’s family members may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. They can seek damages for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress following this tragic crash.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Wrongful Death
- Hit and Run Accident
- Car Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Truck Accident
Google Map of Hit-and-Run in Selma of Fresno County, CA
More About Hit-and-Run Accident Liability
Legal liability for a hit-and-run accident can have various implications. Generally, the victim can file a lawsuit against you for any property damages and injuries caused by the accident. Losses can also include medical costs, lost wages, and more. Liability insurance is the first option to cover these damages. However, some cases might go to court depending on the case’s circumstances. Hit-and-run accident penalties can include, but are not limited to:
- Up to 6 months of jail time
- Fine up to $1,000
- Probation and community service (depending on criminal history)
- Compensation to victims for damages
- Additional points on your California DMV record that can increase your insurance
You can learn more about what to do after a hit-and-run accident here. However, the most common course of action is to get legal advice from a skilled and experienced hit-and-run lawyer. Aside from navigating through your case, hit-and-run attorneys can help determine if your case can become a felony. They can also sort out compensation options whether you are able to locate the at-fault driver or not. Read more about getting a hit-and-run lawyer in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Daryl Bagwell.
Certainly, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, it’s also important to get your rightful compensation to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can also help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby & Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Fresno, and Sacramento. Likewise, consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like to get professional advice about your case, give us a call today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
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