Can we press charges against a hit and run driver? 3 Answers as of September 19, 20124 of us were walking at the crosswalk, a driver ran through the red light at 1:45am and hit and killed my girlfriend. I tried to revive her but she died. The car kept going didn't even stop just drove off. They found the driver almost 6 hours later. Do we have a civil case as witnesses or attempted manslaughter charges against the driver?
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Sorry to hear of your loss. "Pressing charges" is for the government. You and your friends cannot do that as it is a criminal court action. That does not mean you cannot individually sue this person. Emotional distress based on your friend being injured and killed, would be difficult. But each of you might have a separate and distinct claim apart from the trauma of watching your friend be killed.
Answer Applies to: California