Richard Swerda Arrested on Hit-and-Run Charges

6 People Injured in Head-On Forest Ranch Collision 

38-year-old Richard Swerda was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges after he tried leaving the scene of a crash on Saturday. 

Six people suffered injuries, including Swerda, as a result of the collision that occurred on January 23rd. 

Per CHP, two vehicles collided around 5:40 p.m. on Highway 32. 

Swerda was reportedly traveling eastbound in a Toyota when he drifted into oncoming traffic. 

As a result, his vehicle collided with a westbound Ford that was occupied by 5 people. 

The driver of the Ford, George Jarrell, 21, tried to swerve out of the way; however, both vehicles ended up colliding head-on. 

All five occupants of the Ford suffered minor to major injuries and were rushed to Enloe Medical Center.

Swerda tried fleeing the scene but was later taken into custody and charged with felony hit-and-run, causing injury. 

It was also believed that alcohol played a factor in the collision. 

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits. 

It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident. 

If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.

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