According to news reports, 59-year-old Richard Reeder of Santa Ynez, California was at the scene of a single rollover crash that occurred at about 9:25 in the morning last Thursday when the incident occurred.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that while Reeder was standing outside his truck, he was struck by a fast-approaching tractor trailer driven by Jose L. Vargas.
Initial investigation revealed that the said tractor trailer sideswiped a parked fire truck and then struck Reeder.
Apparently, the tractor trailer driver continued to drive southbound and was only stopped by the CHP officers. Allegedly, the driver was unaware of the collision.
As a result of the collision, Reeder incurred fractures, cuts, and bruises. He was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital but was not listed in critical condition.
At present, the accident remains under investigation. However, authorities assured that alcohol and drugs were not a factor in this incident.
Incidentally, it can’t be avoided that said incident will be linked to a hit-and-run accident. However, a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney herein suggested that nobody can tell whether it was indeed a hit-and-run accident. The said attorney reasoned out that there are several instances wherein the driver of a vehicle is really unaware of an accident, particularly when a collision is too minor or does not have a strong impact. He likewise pointed to at Lindsay Lohan’s alleged hit-and-run incident in a Manhattan hotel as an example.