When people feel that their lives are threatened, they often react without thinking to preserve their personal safety. Because of the emotions associated with such an incident, some may not be fully aware of many of the details following such a response. Unfortunately, California police say that a man is now wanted for vehicular manslaughter after he sped away from a woman who was reaching into his vehicle.

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. on a day in early October. According to reports, a 46-year-old woman and a male companion approached a red sports utility vehicle. Reports indicate that a conversation ensued. However, when the woman reportedly reached into the vehicle, the driver sped away.

Unfortunately, the woman was reportedly dragged for approximately 15 feet before falling and striking her head; she died the next day. Police are searching for the driver, believed to be a man in his 60s with a beard. He is currently suspected of felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them.

While there is apparently surveillance footage of the alleged incident in California that led to the vehicular manslaughter accusations, it can only tell part of the story; without knowing the content of the conversation or the woman’s intent when allegedly reaching into the vehicle, it may be difficult to fully understand the event. In fact, the driver may not even be aware that the woman was harmed in the incident. Once police locate the driver they believe to be involved in the accident, he will likely be asked many questions. To help protect himself, he may decide to hire a criminal defense attorney. Such a professional can provide guidance during even the earliest stages of an investigation.

Source: timesofsandiego.com, “Suspect Sought in Hit and Run Death of Woman in East Village“, Oct. 6, 2017