Police are looking for witnesses of a collision between a pedestrian and a car. The car hit a pedestrian in Mountain View on February 16, 2015. He was hit near the corner of Charleston Road and Independence Avenue around 9:30 a.m., and is currently in critical condition.
The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with the authorities, but police would still like any witnesses to come forward about the accident. Apparently, the driver was leaving the shopping center parking lot to turn on to Charleston Road. The pedestrian was crossing the street when he was hit.
Because police see these types of accidents nearly every day, they realize the importance of having witnesses at the accident. Witnesses are important in both criminal and civil cases. This is because both parties involved in the accident have something at stake at trial, so they may have motivation to lie. Impartial witnesses, presumably, do not have a reason to lie, so judges and jurors often fine them more believable (or credible) than those involved in the accident.
In this case, the pedestrian may not have even realized what happened before he was hit, which makes witnesses that much more important. If you or someone you know has been injured, it may be helpful to determine if any witnesses saw the accident take place. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you with this process. Contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP at 408-956-6949 for more information.