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Dana Point Girl In Critical Condition Following Hit and Run Incident

By Renee Nordstrand on May 12, 2010

Seven-year-old Tabatha Cope remains in critical condition today after she was struck by a hit and run driver while skateboarding with friends on Monday evening, the Orange County Register reports.

Tabatha, of Dana Point, was playing in a group of fifteen to twenty children on Silver Lantern Street and La Paz Avenue at approximately 6:30 pm on Monday, when she was struck by a light-colored raised pick up truck.  The truck’s driver did not stop following the collision and has not contacted authorities.

Tabatha sustained serious injuries in the incident, including a broken collarbone, broken ribs, the loss of most of her teeth, and a lacerated liver.  Tabatha’s father, Joseph Cope, urged the hit and run driver to come forward. 

Our thoughts and best wishes are with this Tabatha as she recovers from her injuries.

 If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run driver, please contact experienced accident attorneys today to learn about your legal rights to monetary compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and future care and treatment.  At the Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, you pay no attorney fees until we win your case.

Bail Set in Fatal San Diego Hit and Run

By Renee Nordstrand on February 15, 2010

Bail has been set for $2 million in the case of a fatal San Diego hit and run, the San Diego Tribune reports.  The defendant, Tiffany St Ives, is accused of striking and killing 17-year-old Marlene Resendiz in 2007, as Resendiz crossed East Grand Avenue near Rose Street on foot.  After striking the victim, St. Ives drove for 400 yards with the victim on the hood of her car.  After the victim fell off of her car, St Ives continued driving and did not stop, allegedly going to great lengths to hide guilt through secret car repairs. Since this incident, St Ives has been involved in four other traffic collisions.

St Ives has pleaded not guilty to hit and run driving with death, which carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.

The Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand represents wrongful death victims and their families in civil court.  Our wrongful death cases include car accidents, bike accidents, train accidents, and dangerous property conditions.   If you have lost a loved on to any of these conditions, please contact experienced and aggressive wrongful death attorneys who will fight for the fullest and fairest compensation possible.

Family of Santa Ana Hit and Run Victim Seeks Answers, Asks Driver to Come Forward

By Renee Nordstrand on October 30, 2009

The driver who struck and killed a Santa Ana wife and mother as she crossed the street at a marked crosswalk remains on the loose today as the woman’s family pleads for him to come forward, the Orange County Register reports.

Zhen Huang, 48, was struck in the crosswalk and dragged for 15 feet by a light blue pick up truck that was turning left onto the street she was crossing, Magnolia Avenue.  Huang was less than a block away from her home when she was hit.  Investigators have determined that the truck was traveling at approximately 25 m.p.h, and may have been trying to beat a yellow light before it turned red.  Authorities believe the driver was a male, whose truck had a work rack in its bed.  If you have information regarding this accident, please call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 866-TIP-OCSD.

I offer my support and wishes for the Huang family as well as the OCSD as they continue their investigation, and I hope the individual that caused this terrible incident is found and held fully liable for his actions.

When a loved one dies because of the negligent actions of another person, family members need experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorneys who can protect their legal rights, pursue compensation, and guide families in recovering from their loss so that they can move forward with their lives.  If you find yourself in this situation, call Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand today for a free consultation.

El Cajon Hit and Run Critically Injures Bicyclist

By Renee Nordstrand on October 15, 2009

An El Cajon driver struck and critically injured a bicyclist before fleeing the scene late last night, the San Diego Tribune reports.  The 47 year old bicyclist was near death on the sidewalk before being taken to the hospital, where he is currently in critical condition.   The man’s name has not been released.

Police continue to search for the driver of the dark, possibly maroon, 1990s model General Motors car similar to a Pontiac Grand Am or a Buick.

I wish the injured bicyclist well as recovers from his serious injuries and offer my support to the police department and investigators as they seek out the driver who caused this incident.

In 2007 alone, there were 10,521 bicycle collisions resulting in injuries, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we aggressively pursue hit and run drivers so that you can recover compensation for medical expenses as well as lost earnings from work.   If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hit and run driver, consult with an experienced attorney who will give you the answers you need.

Local City Ranks #1 in California for Alcohol-Related Collisions and Hit and Runs

By Renee Nordstrand on September 18, 2009

Oxnard, California has the highest number of alcohol-related collisions and hit and run incidents in California, according to recently published statistics from 2007.

On average, there are ten traffic deaths per year in Oxnard, with at least two of those deaths involving pedestrians.  The Oxnard Police Department cites dangerous intersections, improper signaling, and poorly designed lanes as the cause of many of the accidents.  Another cause, one accompanied by the highest fatality rates, is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Oxnard Police Enforcement is cracking down on DUIs through checkpoints, saturation patrol, public information campaigns, and community outreach programs.

On August 29, officers from multiple agencies issued a DUI crackdown on Highway 101.  During an 8 hour period, they pulled over 230 drivers for traffic violations, arrested 10 people on suspicion of DUI, and towed 12 cars driven by unlicensed drivers.

With the steps taken by the Oxnard Police Department and other Oxnard agencies, hopefully the city can become a safer place to drive and live.

If you’ve been the victim of an alcohol-related collision or a hit and run incident, you need the best-skilled attorneys to handle your case with experience, analysis, and determination for results.

Seven Year Old Boy Is Victim of a Hit and Run

By Renee Nordstrand on September 11, 2009

A seven year old Ventura boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Wednesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.  As he crossed an intersection around 8 p.m., a blue Volkswagen Beetle hit him, knocking the child to the ground.

The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered serious internal injuries and is being treated at the Ventura County Medical Center.  Police are currently searching for the middle-aged male and female motorists who were driving the car.

My thoughts are with this young boy and his family as he recovers.  I hope that with the help of law enforcement and citizen involvement, the motorists who caused this accident can be found and held responsible for their conduct.

Simi Valley Car Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

Two people were hospitalized with severe injuries after a suspected drunken driver and four other vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 118 eastbound in Simi Valley on Sunday evening.

According to a report in the Ventura County Star, the suspected drunk driver had two previous hit and run crashes and the police plan to arrest him on suspicion of felony hit and run as well as DUI once he is released from the hospital.

I wish all those involved in the accident well as they recover from injuries and the emotional trauma of a serious collision.

The driver of the vehicle who caused this crash ought to be punished criminally and civilly for his actions.  The victims of this incident can pursue legal action with a personal injury attorney to receive just and fair compensation for their injuries and damages.