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Hit-and-run victims should not chase the bad guys: Roadshow

Q: I had the great misfortune of being the victim of a hit-and-run on Friday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. on Highway 101 at De la Cruz Boulevard. The culprit, cruising along with his buddy in a robin’s-egg blue, top-down BMW convertible, smashed into the back of my black Porsche Macan at approximately 15 mph.
But as I pulled over to the shoulder expecting that we would exchange information, he sped off, weaving in and out of traffic until he made it to the Highway 87 exit where he continued his escape.

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I was able to get most of the license plate and a description of the driver and car. However in my panic, I could barely dial 9-1-1, my hands were shaking so terribly. I pursued the driver for about 2 miles down 87 and then pulled off to call the CHP.
But not one witness called the CHP to report that they saw a driver crash into another car and flee with the victim chasing him down 87 even though traffic had slowed to a few miles an hour. Please let your readers know that making that call to 9-1-1 and providing any description of the car, the license plate, even the direction the vehicles were heading, is extremely helpful. As anyone in this awful situation can attest, your adrenaline goes way up and dialing a phone and remembering a license plate can be extremely challenging.
By not doing anything but watching the drama unfold, you are allowing the hit-and-run driver to get away. Fortunately, I was not hurt. Unfortunately, I’m on the hook for my $1,000 deductible to get my car fixed.
If you see something that looks wrong, report it.
Susan S. San Jose
A: That is solid advice, but I have more advice for a problem that is getting worse.  The number of hit-and-run crashes is on the rise across the state. In 2010, there were 75,448 such incidents. Last year, 100,342.
What can you do? Call the CHP as soon as possible and file an accident report. Even if police do not find the driver who hit you, having a report on file can speed up the auto claims process and give you an official document to rely upon later.
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But don’t chase him in your car. This can cause you to drive recklessly and get into another accident, or to be the victim of retaliation from the other driver. So, please keep cool.
Q: I understand there is work coming on Highway 101 in San Jose. Are they adding more lanes?
Betty Yee San Jose
A: No. Caltrans will be paving gore areas between Blossom Hill Road and Trimble Road. This will continue through the summer.
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