Man convicted of second-degree murder for hit-and-run

On behalf of Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova posted in hit-and-run accidents on Friday, May 18, 2012

Sometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Often, victims of hit-and-run accidents often don’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. That’s likely the case with a teenage girl who was hit as she was walking along the side of the Pacific Coast Highway near Heathercliff Road back in April 2010. She was struck by a hit-and-run driver and died at the scene. Now, that driver has been convicted by a jury of second-degree murder.

The man had already been to trial once, but that was declared a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. That didn’t seem to be a problem this time around, as jurors convicted him on the murder charge this week. He could be facing up to 16 years to life in prison.