Jayden Arias ID’d Boy Killed in Porterville Bicycle Accident at Olive Avenue and Westwood Street
Porterville, California (May 7, 2020) – The boy who was killed Tuesday evening in an alleged DUI hit-and-run accident in Porterville has been identified as Jayden Arias, 15, of Porterville.
The fatal crash took place at around 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Westwood Street.
Authorities said Arias was riding his bicycle northbound Westwood Street and was crossing Olive Avenue when he was struck by a dark-colored vehicle that was traveling westbound on Olive Avenue.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene and found Arias suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver involved did not stop to render aid to the victim and fled the scene. Authorities were able to track the suspect to his home in the 500 block of South Milo Street.
The suspect, identified as Harvey Jacobo, 23, was eventually arrested and booked into Tulare County South County Detention Facility on suspicion of hit-and-run causing death, DUI causing death, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and driving without a required Ignition Interlock Device.
Jacobo was held on $300,000 bail. He is scheduled to go to court this week, authorities said.
The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is urged to call Porterville Police Department at 782-7400.
“Far too many bicycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.