Investigations have revealed that 24-year old Ramon Ayala of Orange Cove might be the driver who fatally injured 12-year old Sage Corpus in a hit-and-run accident. Sage died on April 9 in Fresno County. Police believe that Ramon has a history of dangerous driving and he does not have a driving license. According to Officer Guillermo Garza, Ramon was arrested three weeks before the accident that killed young Corpus for driving on the wrong side and was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. The arrest resulted in Ramon’s driver’s license being revoked.
The accident happened when a pickup truck crashed into a group of kids walking along South Avenue in Fresno County. The truck driver ran away from the scene leaving the truck behind. This accident left Sage dead and another 13-year old boy with non life-threatening injuries.
Attempts to arrest Ramon were futile as he moved out of his house a day after the crash. Authorities are searching his possible hideouts in Fresno and Tulare Counties.
Our office offers our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Sage’s family and friends, as well as the family and friends of the other little boy who was injured by the truck driver. We hope that Ramon, or whoever is the guilty person, is soon brought to justice. Drivers need to be very careful while driving around residential and other populated areas like shopping complexes and schools to avoid injuring or even killing pedestrians and children.
If you would like to contribute to the Sage Corpus Memorial Fund, one has been established at Citibank and you can make a donation at any location. Just use account number 400-587-828-02.
Ross Jurewitz is a Fresno child injury lawyer and the managing attorney of the Jurewitz Law Group, a California law firm dedicated to representing people seriously injured and the families of people killed by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a drunk driving auto accident in California, please order your free copy of Mr. Jurewitz’s book, The Ten Biggest Mistakes that can Destroy Your California Accident Case. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.