Santu Maya Suffered Fatal Injuries in Oakland Hit-and-Run Crash
Oakland, CA (June 27, 2023) – Santu Maya (58) succumbed to fatal injuries sustained in an Oakland hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue. According to Kron4, the accident occurred around 7 p.m. on June 16.
Santu Maya was fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue in Oakland.
The Oakland Police Department reported the fatality in an Oakland hit-and-run crash involving a Mercedes Benz and a woman on foot, leaving the pedestrian with life-threatening injuries.
The fatality was identified as 58-year-old Santu Maya of Oakland.
According to the surveillance video capturing the accident, Maya was catching up with her daughter and granddaughter on a crosswalk when she stayed behind to pick up something.
Unfortunately, a speeding driver headed into Maya’s path, striking her.
She succumbed to her head injuries from the crash.
Meanwhile, the speeding driver fled the scene after causing the casualty. Witnesses mentioned that the driver seemed to be racing with another vehicle at the time of the accident.
Authorities now released the involved vehicle’s details to locate the driver. The police identified it as a modern Mercedes Benz, possibly an E-350, from 2010 to 2013. It’s black with tinted windows and standard rims.
Additionally, they released the car’s license plate, CA 5AUT73. However, the driver may have removed the license plate from the vehicle.
Maya arrived at Oakland International Airport four months ago, having moved from Thailand to be reunited with her family.
Sanjoo Verma, the victim’s daughter, had intended to take her mother on a road trip to welcome her mother to the United States in a few months, never expecting to lose her mother within months of her arrival.
Although it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, authorities believe speed and street racing are likely to have played a role in this Oakland hit-and-run crash.
The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
J&M Tip: It is unlawful in California to participate in speed contests and exhibitions on public roads and highways, including street and drag racing. With the rising incidents of illegal speed racing in the state, the legislature authorized a new version known as Ryan’s Law in California Assembly Bill 3.
Google Map of Hit-and-Run Accident in Oakland, CA
More About Hit-and-Run Accident Liability
Legal liability for a hit-and-run accident can have various implications. Generally, a victim can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for any property damages and injuries caused by the accident. Your recoverable losses can include medical costs, lost wages, and more, depending on the damages sustained from the crash. Liability insurance is the first option to cover these damages. However, some cases might go to court depending on the case’s circumstances. For hit-and-run accidents, the 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 can 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.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Oakland
In this case, the family members of Santu Maya in this Oakland hit-and-run crash can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
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
- Pedestrian Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Car Accident
- Truck Accident
- Bicycle Accident
Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Santu Maya.
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