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Son seeks justice in the death of his dad in a hit & run

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Son seeks justice in the death of his dad in a hit & run
Chi Ho Leung. Family photo

A video released appears to show the driver of a van intentionally running down a 66-year-old Asian man, killing him in Oakland, CA.

KTVU reports the surveillance video shows Chi Ho Leung running down the street. Two men get into a van and it appears the driver intentionally hit Leung with the vehicle.

“I was shocked. I don’t know why this happened. Why you use a car to [strike] a person like this,” said Leung’s son, Kan Leung.

It happened on March 16. The victim died eight days later of head injuries in the hospital.

Warning: the video in the tweet below may be upsetting to some.

The Legal Advocate reports reckless driving causes 33 percent of all deaths from major car accidents.

“An incident is considered a wrongful death when either a person or entity commits a wrongful or negligent act resulting in a person’s death,” said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “When vehicle accident fatalities result from unsafe driving, aggressive or distracted driving, speeding, a hit-and-run, or driving under the influence, family members are usually left with the option to pursue a civil action against the responsible motorist.”

For now, Leung is hoping the police pursue criminal charges. The son said his father had a gambling problem which strained the family’s relationship with him.

His father had been living in a black truck, but Kan said he gave his father money to find housing a few weeks ago.

“If he’s not using it for gambling, if he’s using it for a good way, I’ll give him money. Try my best to help him,” Kan said. He called his father a good man despite his problems.

Police believe the incident resulted from a disagreement and described the investigation as on-going.

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