Hundreds gathered in Hanford, California, to remember a teenage boy who was killed by a hit-and-run driver last Thursday. The young man died at the corner of 9 1/4 Avenue and Myrtle Street in Hanford. Although the driver tried to escape the scene, he was later arrested.
At the gathering on Tuesday, family members and friends mourned the loss of their loved one. They were also left with a lot of questions about the tragic incident. If the young man had survived the crash, he would have been 14 years of age.
During the somber gathering, the victim’s father said that family and friends had gathered to celebrate the young man’s “eternal life.” Gatherers placed birthday balloons near the crash site, which were later released during the nighttime vigil. According to family, the young man was passionate about automobiles and he wanted to be a mechanic when he grew up.
The alleged hit-and-run driver, who was unlicensed, claimed that he lost control of his vehicle and struck a telephone pole. The deceased teenager was a passenger in the car. Two additional passengers were also hurt.
Family members and friends said that they wanted to know why the teenager was riding in the vehicle with a stranger. Apparently, the teen should have been heading to class with his sister, and no one had seen or heard of the driver before. The driver has been charged with multiple felony crimes, including vehicular manslaughter.
Drivers can be held responsible and liable for the deaths of passengers in their vehicles if their negligence or unlawful behavior caused the crash. Wrongful death claims can be filed against negligent drivers by close family members to seek damages, like the costs of medical care, loss of companionship and other types of damages.