At about eight o’clock on the morning of Friday, March 6th, an 84 year old Riverside resident, Francisco Martinez, was walking across University Street where it crosses Corner Street. As he moved southbound along University Street, he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. The driver of the Nissan Frontier, Jorge Serrato Cortez, 57, stopped his vehicle briefly before traveling onward. Although Martinez was alert and talking while at the scene of the accident, his condition worsened once he was taken to Riverside Community Hospital and he later succumbed to his injuries. A few hours later, Cortez turned himself into Riverside’s police station located on Orange Street. He was charged with felony hit and run and remanded into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The shock that occurs with the sudden passing of a beloved family member is made worse by the thought that someone is responsible. To add insult to injury, the driver did not even stop to help your loved one. A personal injury attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to make the other party pay for their part in causing you pain and the loss of your family member. Our Riverside attorneys provide free consultations and professional advice to guide you.