A Hemet man who allegedly fled the scene of a double fatal traffic accident has been arrested on multiple charges. The California Highway Patrol identified Shane Albatross Stanscheit, 25, as the driver of a stolen pickup that ran a stop sign at Cornell Street and Stetson Avenue and struck a second pickup.
The passenger in the Stanscheit vehicle, Christopher Joseph Caldwell, 26, was ejected from the truck when it rolled over and came to rest in the yard of a home. He was taken by helicopter to a trauma center and was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the second truck, Luciano Cervantes, 44, was also killed.
Riverside Accident Report
CHP spokesman Scott Beauchene said Stanscheit was northbound on Cornell when he ran a stop sign at Stetson and struck the driver side of the westbound Cervantes vehicle. Members of Cervantes’ family, two of whom had to be cut out of their pickup, were released from the hospital after treatment for mostly minor injuries.
Stanscheit was arrested on two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one count of felony hit-and-run, and auto theft, but other charges could be added after review by the Riverside County district attorney. Stanscheit was arrested in the garage at Caldwell’s home when coroner officials went to the home to notify the family of his death.
Los Angeles, California Car Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were approximately 33,808 total nationwide traffic accident fatalities in 2009. According to a study conducted by the National Safety Council, approximately 32,000 individuals were killed in vehicle accidents in 2010. In California, specifically, statistics show there were about 3200 accident fatalities in 2009 and roughly 2500 in 2010.
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Fatal car accidents are grave tragedies that impact the lives of so many people involved. This tragic Riverside accident includes crime and gross negligence. The victims’ families should definitely seek the counsel of an experienced Riverside accident lawyer. If you, or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident, please call 877-702-7274 to speak to an expert accident attorney who will fight for your rights.
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