A woman believed to have caused the death of a 14-year-old girl is up on charges, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has reported the 55-year-old woman from San Bernadino has been accused as being the culprit in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the teenager’s life back in September. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the woman remains in police custody at this time.
According to the report, the 14-year-old was crossing a street in a marked crosswalk at approximately 7 a.m. the morning of Sept. 28 when the accident occurred. The 55-year-old woman reportedly failed to yield to the teenager while traveling east at between 40 and 50 mph. The girl was allegedly struck by the vehicle, an SUV, and the driver reportedly sped off without stopping.
The girl was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead later that day. California Highway Patrol reviewed surveillance tapes and put out a call to arrest the driver of the vehicle shown in those tapes. She was arrested at approximately 10:30 a.m. the morning of Oct. 8, and now faces formal charges, the details of which are currently unknown.
While the tragedy of this event cannot be overstated, it is vital that the accused woman have her day in court with the full support of a criminal defense attorney to represent her interests and plead her case. California authorities will have to prove she was involved in the alleged hit-and-run, and that she is actually guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the charges filed against her. Her defense team will work to challenge those allegations while pursuing the best possible outcome for the client.