Cody McGhee Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Santa Cruz


Sara Youhas Killed in Santa Cruz Pedestrian Crash on Bear Creek Road

Santa Cruz, California – 31-year-old Cody McGhee, of Boulder Creek, has been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run collision that happened on Tuesday evening, July 14, in Boulder Creek.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash scene on Bear Creek Road, just east of View Drive.

McGhee was driving a 1999 Mercedes C230 when he allowed his vehicle to veer off the road and continued to travel eastbound on the south shoulder of Bear Creek Road when he hit Sara Youhas, 73, of Boulder Creek.

Youhas was taking her daily walk when she was hit and thrown down the embankment, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her body was found two days later after the incident.

McGhee drove away without rendering any help to the victim. He was arrested in San Jose on Tuesday morning, July 28.

McGhee is likely to face charges on fatal hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter,  probation violations, and fleeing the scene of a crime without malice aforethought.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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