On the I-5 freeway, while driving home from a San Diego Chargers game, John Francis Sudac Jr. smashed his Nissan Altima into a Ford Explorer, then fled the scene. There were five passengers in the Explorer, all of whom sustained injuries. One woman, the six month pregnant Yine Jimenez, died on the scene.
There was a passenger riding with Sudac who remained unidentifiable for quite some time. This helped Sudac’s defense, as his attorneys stressed that he might not have been the one driving the car. Eventually however, investigators found the passenger after they realized Sudac was at a Charger’s game the night of the crash. They found the passenger was fellow season ticket holder, and Sudac’s friend, Eliseo Jimenez (no relation to the victim).
Hit-and-run accidents are common, even though leaving a crime scene or accident, if involved in one, is illegal. Still, people will flee the scene, hoping to dodge accountability. But Karma catches up, and it did for Sudac, when Eliseo testified that Sudac was indeed driving. Sudac was found guilty on counts of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run causing death. If you are involved in a hit-and-run, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so they can help you build your case and obtain justice.