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Pedestrian dies in hit-and-run; arrest made

A pedestrian passed away in a hit-and-run accident in California, and the police have now made an arrest in the case.

The crash happened right around 1:00 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6. Per reports, the person who hit the pedestrian was driving a Toyota Prius. At this time, police do think that the man who was hit was trying to cross the road, but he was apparently not in a marked crosswalk. The southbound Prius struck him in the dark.

The victim was 34 years old, though the police have not given out his name as of the latest reports. They did say that he passed away at the accident scene before he could be taken to a hospital.

Rather than staying at the scene, the suspect attempted to flee. The badly damaged car stopped not far away, though, and the suspect got out and ran from the vehicle. Police brought bloodhounds in to track him down. They say that the dogs led them straight to his home or apartment, where they made their arrest. It appears that there were no complications while arresting him, despite that initial flight from the scene.

Fleeing the scene of an accident, regardless of the circumstances of that crash, is illegal. In some cases, people who would have lived with prompt medical care end up passing away because a driver runs and it delays the onset of that care. It is unclear if that happened in this case, but the pedestrian did die at the scene.

Those who lose loved ones in car accidents need to know what legal options they have.