Alleged Hit and Run Driver Found in San Pedro

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea.  Nor is running from the scene of an accident.  Though running may buy you a little time, if caught, you could face even greater charges than if you had stayed at the scene.

A driver who fled the scene of a Sunday, July 24 accident has been identified by police and is facing arrest.

After hitting a motorcyclist from behind at a high rate of speed, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and left two passengers behind.  Since there were beer cans found in the vehicle, the driver is suspected of having been under the influence at the time of the accident.

The motorcyclist was identified as Derrick Lee Pride, 59, from Los Angeles.  Pride was pronounced dead at an area hospital.  

After the collision with Pride, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which overturned.  Bystanders helped the two passengers from the vehicle.  Detective Kitti Yount declined to identify the driver but said that he had a prior conviction for DUI.

Unfortunately for law enforcement, the driver’s decision to run from the scene might help him avoid more serious charges, including murder.  Investigators will not be able to prove that he was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.  

The driver had been previously arrested for DUI in February or March according to Yount, who is building a case against the driver.

If you have been charged with DUI, it is important to get legal representation.  Our attorneys specialize in the defense of DUI charges.  Contact us today.


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