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UPDATE: Edwin Harshman Killed In South Lake Tahoe Hit-And-Run Car Accident on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Fairview Avenue

Oct 12, 2019

Edwin Harshman South Lake Tahoe: Edwin Harshman Killed In South Lake Tahoe Hit-And-Run Car Accident on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Fairview Avenue

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA (October 12, 2019) – A 78-year-old man identified as Edwin Harshman has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident not far from the intersection of Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Fairview Avenue. 

South Lake Tahoe police are saying that the accident took place around 8:00 p.m. The driver that hit Edwin Harshman fled the scene of the accident. 

Paramedics were called to the  scene of the accident by Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Fairview Avenue. Despite life-saving measures Edwin Harshman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Around 5 hours after the accident the driver that hit Edwin Harshman turned himself into police. He was charged with felony hit-and-run and was booked into the El Dorado County Jail. 

He was released after paying a $75,000 bond. An investigation into the fatal crash remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Hit-And-Run Car Accidents

It is a felony to flee the scene of an accident that causes bodily injury or death. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” There are a number of reasons why a driver might choose to flee the scene of an accident:

  • They may be intoxicated
  • They may fear jail-time
  • They may try to avoid getting caught
  • They may be driving on a suspended license 

Drivers that flee the scene of an accident will typically face criminal as well as civil liability. If the negligent driver was working at the time of an accident the company that they were working for may face civil liability as well. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. 

Depending on the facts of any case a city could potentially be liable for an accident. Cities have a legal responsibility under California Government Code 835 to maintain roads in a reasonably safe manner. If a road was in a dangerous condition and this contributed to an accident a city could face civil liability. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. 

The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Under Prop 213, the family of a victim may have legal recourse even if the at fault driver does not have insurance. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve. 

Investigating A South Lake Tahoe Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Edwin Harshman. Any person that may have witnessed the accident should reach out to the South Lake Tahoe police department. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a South Lake Tahoe car accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation to get to the bottom of what caused an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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