Moreno Valley, California – A man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident in Moreno Valley on Monday morning.
The accident happened at about 11 a.m. on Gilman Springs Road, the California Highway Patrol said.
18-year-old Jose Angel Perez was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe westbound through the Badlands on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway when he was involved in a minor-injury two-car accident.
Perez failed to stop and continued driving southbound on Gilman Springs where he lost control of the vehicle and rolled several times on a dirt embankment.
17-year-old Catalina Raquel Esteves of Calimesa who was a passenger in the SUV was ejected from the vehicle. She was rushed to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley where she died while undergoing treatment.
18-year-old Christopher Sanchez of Fontana who was also riding in the SUV was transported to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Perez was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
No additional information was provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.