Christopher Gardner Arrested after Fatal Big Bear City Hit-And-Run Crash on Sunday


Christopher Gardner Arrested after Big Bear City Crash on Barton Lane near Holmes Lane 

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Christopher Gardner Arrested after Big Bear City Crash on Barton Lane near Holmes Lane

Big Bear City, California – Christopher Michael Gardner, 46, of Sugarloaf was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened on Barton Lane east of  Holmes Lane in Big Bear City on Sunday evening, according to CHP.

Gardner was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander westbound on Barton Lane when he struck three pedestrians walking westbound.

The crash took place at around 6:01 p.m. January 31.

One of the victims, a 30-year-old Ontario woman, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two other pedestrians, a 29-year-old Long Beach man, and a 22-year-old man from Henderson, Nevada, sustained minor injuries.

Gardner fled the scene after the crash but was arrested later that night. He was charged with hit-and-run causing death or injury, fleeing the scene of a crime, two counts of DUI, and a misdemeanor vehicle violation. 

His bail was set at $250,000.

The crash is under investigation.

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.”

“Usually, clients hire me immediately after their first consultation because they quickly figure out that I will treat them like family. I lift a weight off their shoulders immediately. That is my job. We simply leave no stone unturned – period. We go after everyone and everything. There is no other way to ensure justice,” Mr. Khodaverdian states.

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.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is the recipient of numerous accolades including one of the: Top 10 Wrongful Death Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Truck Accident Settlements in CA in 2019, and Top 10 Motorcycle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019. He is a Berkeley graduate and proud personal injury and wrongful death attorney. He is personally available 24/7 for free, no-obligation consultations and second opinions by calling 800-984-4123. He can also be reached via email using the contact form on this site.