Vicsayra Maribel Garcia died on July 23, 2010, from injuries caused by a person who hit her as she stood near a curb outside her home in Majestic Oaks near 800 West and 4600 South. The suspect then fled the scene. According to KSL News, Gloria Campos-Campos, 31 years old, is now believed to be that suspect who fled the scene after the hit and run a few days ago. Campos is now being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and for obstruction of justice. The van that she was believed to have been driving was located earlier in the week. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. Although her last known address was in the Millcreek area, she now is believed to be living in California. Those who know of her whereabouts are asked to call the police at 801-743-7000.
I send my sincere condolences to the family of little Vicsayra for their tragic loss. Hopefully there will be a sense of some accountability with the recent warrant they have issued.
From the sound of the story, the accused came up on the curb to strike this toddler since she was said to have been standing on the curb – and not in the street. Since this hit-and-run happened around 7:30 at night, then lighting should not have been a problem.
I’m not sure why this woman fled the scene. If she hit the child because she was distracted for some reason by her cell phone, text messaging, etc., she should have admitted her fault and accepted the consequences. Same thing if she was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those consequences, no doubt, would have been much less extreme compared to the consequences that come when you fail to stop after an injury/fatal accident.
The family is now left with a wrongful death claim against the driver of the mini-van and/or her insurance. Their own insurance may and most likely can be tapped in the form of an “underinsured” claim as well.