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Devoted Father of Seven Dies in Hit-and-Run Accident in Riverside

In a heart-wrenching incident near Riverside, California, a devoted father of seven children tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run accident, leaving his wife and children shattered.

Gilberto and Myra Sotelo, parents of seven children, had recently moved to the peaceful community of Homeland, near Lake Elsinore, seeking refuge from the rising crime rates in Lynwood. The family’s hopes for a fresh start were shattered when tragedy struck.

Gilberto, a hardworking individual who had just begun a new construction job, was known for his willingness to go the extra mile to help others, especially when it came to cars.

On a fateful Monday, August 7th, Gilberto Sotelo was struck and critically injured on the side of Highway 215, near the junction with Highway 91 in Riverside. His Chevy Silverado had run out of fuel and was in the process of refueling when a vehicle collided with him and fled the scene.

His lifeless body was left over 30 feet deep in a ditch. To compound the tragedy, someone callously looted his pockets, stealing his wallet and phone.

In the face of this devastating loss, the Sotelo family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to provide financial assistance to Myra, the grieving widow. The couple’s children range in age from just over 2 years old to 18. The family is also urging the driver responsible for the untimely death of the 38-year-old father to come forward and take responsibility for their actions.

The California Highway Patrol is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the hit-and-run accident in Riverside. They located Gilberto Sotelo’s stolen phone and identified the person who took it. Investigators are also on the lookout for a silver Honda, either an SUV or a truck, likely with significant damage to its front right side.

Anyone with information about the suspicious vehicle is urged to contact the California Highway Patrol’s Accident Investigation Unit at 951-637-8000.

In the wake of this tragic and heart-wrenching hit-and-run accident in Riverside, the Sotelo family and their community stand united in the pursuit of justice, solace, and assistance. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate this difficult path.

Losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence is a frustrating and painful experience; we understand the immense emotional and financial burden surviving family members must endure. Furthermore, seeking justice in hit-and-run cases is a challenging process.

At Ayuda California, we are committed to supporting surviving families, seeking fair closure, and honoring the loved ones who tragically lost their lives to negligent acts. As a dedicated and aggressive firm, we tirelessly fight until justice is found.

In these trying times, seek the help of compassionate attorneys. We are available 24/7 to assist you. Let us be your legal support. Call us for a free consultation.

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