Man Identified in Fatal Pedestrian Accident 

62-year-old Ruben Torres was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident last Monday in Tulare.

The man was in a wheelchair and crossing outside of crosswalks around 8:30 p.m. on June 6th. 

Luciano Ruiz struck the man at J Street and Tulare Avenue and fled the scene after. 

Torres was helped by bystanders and rushed to the hospital via ambulance where he sadly died. 

Police later located the suspect’s vehicle and arrested Ruiz on felony hit-and-run charges along with driving without a valid license. 

He is currently being held at the Tulare County Jail.

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ruben Torres. 

According to statistics, 20% of pedestrian fatalities include fleeing drivers. 68% of those killed in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians and bicyclists. 

In addition, California’s pedestrian fatality rate is about 25% higher than the national average.

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.

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

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