Bakersfield, California – A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Bakersfield on Thursday morning.
The accident was reported at about 5 a.m. April 23, in the area of White and Hughes lanes, the Bakersfield Police Department reported.
The police said the boy had wandered into the roadway when he was hit by a passing pickup truck.
The juvenile suffered major injuries and was transported to an area hospital and was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The driver who hit the pedestrian fled the scene after the accident but later returned. The motorist has since been identified as 46-year-old Ruben Venegas Etcheverria.
Etcheverria was arrested for felony hit-and-run involving injury.
Alcohol, drugs and speed do not appear to be factors in this crash.
The California Highway Patrol and the Bakersfield Police Department are investigating the cause of the accident.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact BPD at (661) 327-7111.
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.