Deadly Hit and Run Incidents In California

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Young Man Killed in Hit and Run Crash in Encinitas

No matter how old your child is, you always care and worry for them. I can’t imagine the pain that the twenty-two year old’s mother must be feeling after he son was tragically killed in a hit and run crash on early Sunday Morning. The twenty-two year old was from Chula vista and the crash happened in the Encinitas area.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) the young man was travelling north on the Interstate 5 around ten minutes before three o’clock in the morning. The car he was driving had overturned just north of Encinitas Boulevard. The California Highway Patrol also said that the young man’s sedan had overturned in the middle of the freeway, causing a truck to crash into the sedan. A third car then came into play as it crashed into them as well. The third car was driven by a thirty-year old woman. The truck had fled the scene.

22 Year Old Man Pronounced Dead at Hit and Run Scene

The twenty-two year old young man was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident. However, the young man’s name has not been released at this time. The thirty year old woman that was driving one of the other cars was taken to Scripps La Jolla with reports of minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Investigators are now investigating the incident. They are also searching for the missing driver, the one who crashed into the victim first and then fled immediately after. The man is described as a Caucasion male, said to be in his thirties. He’s bald but has a mustache and tattoos. He’s said to be around five foot, ten inches tall and weighs one hundred and seventy pounds. The male suspect was driving a 2000 Toyota Tacoma. The investigators believe the male could live in Murrieta or Anaheim.

If anyone as any information about this hit and run crash, they are asked to call the Oceanside California Highway Patrol at (760) 757- 1675 or (858) 637-3800.

Hit and Run Driver Turns Herself Into Authorities

According to the police, a thirty-eight year old woman has finally surrendered herself to the authorities after driving an SUV in a family. The hit and run crash left a four month old baby injured with a fractured skull and a dog dead.

The driver, Tiffani Lowden ended up turning herself in on Monday. According to the South Pasadena Police Department Chief, Arthur Miller, a family member of hers had talked her into coming forward.

Tiffani told the police that she was the person who was wanted in Sunday’s hit and run crash. However, during her interviews with the detectives she did invoke her right to remain silent and stopped answering questions. According to the Chief Miller, she did seem to be remorseful.

Hit and Run Driver Ran due to Previous Driving Violations

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Tiffani’s license had been suspended back in September 2012. She had failed to appear to court for charges of driving while on a cellphone. There were also two other violations for failing to appear in court. She did however have no other violations on her records.

According to the mother, thirty year old Ali Hollon, of the injured child, she had tried to protect her defenseless child from the crash.

Chief Miller stated:

The driver in the 7:30 p.m. Sunday collision at Orange Grove Boulevard and Columbia Street fled after plowing over three members of the Hollon family, carrying a mother and baby for about 10 feet before they rolled off the vehicle.

Ali Hollon’s Statment

We just rolled on the ground and I remember just wrapping my body around her. It’s almost a miracle that it wasn’t worse.

Ali had a broken nose and some cuts as well as contusions on her face. The baby had two small fractures to her skull. Ali’s husband, forty year old Bryan Hollon, had suffered from some minor injures that was treated at the scene.

According to a bystander, she had heard a “horrible thud” and then she saw a SUV race away. The family’s seven year old dog was rushed to the vet by a witness however the dog could not be saved.

Ali is being held on a $50,000 bail for suspicion of three counts of a felony hit and run. The case has been filed with the Lost Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Police said that the SUV was a smaller, newer model dark in color. They said it was a possible Toyota. However, a news photo showed a black Nissan.

Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm

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