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A deadly accident in Tulare County has left one person dead and police searching for the culprit, according to local news. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that one passenger died at the scene, while the other vehicle fled. As with many hit-and-run car accidents, they are asking the community for support in bringing the driver who fled the scene to justice.

Only a limited amount of information was available about the accident, which is believed to have taken place around 4:30 a.m. on July Fourth in Tulare County near Avenue 408. It appears for reasons unknown that two vehicles collided, forcing one of the vehicles off the road and into a field. The other vehicle crashed into a power pole.

A female passenger in the second car was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency crews arrived. The driver was airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Neither individual has been identified publicly, pending notification of next-of-kin. The other vehicle apparently fled the scene, and its driver is now being actively sought by authorities.

Hit-and-run car accidents obviously require California authorities to track down the offending driver before charges can be filed. However, if they are able to find the driver, that individual will likely face several criminal charges. Additionally, the family of the deceased passenger as well as the injured driver are entitled under state law to file civil suits against that driver. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are handled separately from criminal charges, but the evidence used in criminal court can also be offered in civil court in support of claims for monetary damages.