The many users of California sidewalks likely feel relatively safe while using them. A recent case, however, shows that pedestrians may fall victim to car accidents even when on a sidewalk — especially if there are negligent drivers in the area, as police allege about the driver involved in this accident. They say that a male victim died after he was struck by a car driven by a woman who was allegedly under the influence and who failed to remain at the scene.

The incident happened one morning in late June. According to witnesses, a 29-year-old woman drove onto a sidewalk, striking a pedestrian. Reports indicate that the car was traveling so fast the victim went through the windshield, coming to rest in the front seat.

Police claim that despite the collision, the woman continued driving for another mile with the body of the victim still lodged in her car. They believe that she parked the car and then walked home. Her boyfriend allegedly contacted police about the accident. She has since been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and run and driving under the influence. Witnesses describe the accident and scene that followed as “horrific.”

The identity of the victim has not been released as authorities work to notify his relatives. Unfortunately, fatal car accidents such as this often leave families wondering how they will cope with funeral expenses and loss of wages. As a result, victims in California often turn to a civil court where they could be awarded damages if negligence can be proved. A conviction of criminal charges stemming from an accident would likely support claims of negligence.

Source: NBC San Diego, “DUI Suspect Drives With Body Lodged in Car for a Mile After Hit-And-Run: PD“, Samantha Tatro, Megan Tevrizian and Vanessa Herrera, June 28, 2016