James Johnson Fatally Struck on Capitola Road [Santa Cruz, CA]

James Johnson Fatally Struck on Capitola Road [Santa Cruz, CA]

Officers Arrest Jessica Thompson in Santa Cruz Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

Santa Cruz, CA (September 12, 2022) – On Sunday, James Johnson, a 69-year-old Santa Cruz man died, while officers arrested Jessica Thompson, 39-year-old, also of Santa Cruz, in a hit-and-run crash on Capitola Road.

It was about 10:10 p.m. when the deadly incident happened west of 7th Avenue.

The authorities investigating this case say James Johnson was crossing the road in a motorized wheelchair when a 1999 Mercedes Benz driven by Jessica Thompson struck him. The westbound Mercedes immediately fled the scene after the accident.

Right away, the medical team arrived at the scene and rushed James Johnson to Natividad Medical Center where he later died.

Later on, the authorities located the Mercedes abandoned on a nearby street. 

The authorities arrested Jessica Thompson at her residence for felony DUI, vehicular Manslaughter, and hit and run.


We at Sweet Lawyers extend our condolences to the family and friends of James Johnson. May the bereaved find peace in this time of sorrow.


Person in Wheelchair Dies in Accident

We at Sweet Lawyers understand that losing a loved one in an incident similar to the Santa Cruz fatal hit-and-run crash is devastating.

More so, if it is to deal with the legalities of a wrongful death case. You need the help of legal experts to fight for you and to get the justice your loved one deserves.

The benefit of getting yourself a wrongful death attorney is that they will help you get compensation for the economic and non-economic damages incurred as a result of the death.

However, know that with a wrongful death case, there is a time limit on which the bereaved of James Johnson can take legal action. These restrictions are called the statute of limitations. It will only allow you to file a wrongful death lawsuit within a certain time. When these expire, the legal claim is no longer valid. Thus, the loved ones can no longer file a lawsuit.

Thus, it is crucial to know and understand these time limitations, as they vary from state to state and case to case.

So, to those who love James Johnson, talk to us here at Sweet Lawyers. Our legal experts will guide you on how to go about a possible wrongful death claim.

In fact, when you hire us, our attorneys will exhaust their best to ensure you get the maximum settlement. They will speak to witnesses and analyze evidence.

Call our offices right now at (800) 674 7852.

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