Many people in California may not know how to react following an accident. While the obvious choice to many is to contact police, others may react in an unexpected manner due to a sense of panic. Unfortunately, police have accused a young man from another country of fleeing the scene of a car accident involving a pedestrian. He is likely considering his criminal defense.

The incident that led to the 21-year-old man’s arrest reportedly happened on a day in December. Police claim that he struck a 40-year-old female pedestrian near the tourist attraction known as “Candy Cane Lane” due to Christmas decorations that residents utilize. Unfortunately, police say he left the scene of the accident. The woman is hospitalized and in grave condition, according to some reports.

Police say that they were able to track down the man based on information provided by witnesses regarding the description of his vehicle. He was arrested at his home days after the accident. Although his bond was originally set at $50,000, it was increased to $300,000 after officers claimed he told them he would return to his native country. While he is currently charged with felony hit-and-run and dissuading witnesses, he could be charged with vehicular manslaughter if he woman passes away.

Many of the details surrounding the accident are unclear. The accused man is likely wondering about his choices, unsure what options are available to him and how to proceed. Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney in California can help as he navigates the justice system by focusing on ensuring that he is treated lawfully throughout.

Source: Palm Desert, CA Patch, “Man Charged With Felony Hit-and-Run In Valley Crash“, Dec. 28, 2017