Pretty sure this would not fly in California. Although the man is facing many criminal charges, what kind of civil liability would the woman be liable for running this man over. If a man is trying to steal a woman’s purse, he does have his own wrongdoing, which could fall under the defense of “Unclean Hands.” However, if a person is run over by a car, this is a clear-cut personal injury case. When a person is injured by another, especially in a car accident case, the at-fault party could be liable for the other party’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In this kind of case, which looks pretty intentional, the at-fault party could be liable for punitive damages as well, which the other side’s insurance company would likely not cover.
In this instance, this seems like a case for “unclean hands,” meaning that a person cannot benefit from their own wrongdoing. However, in traditional unclean hands cases involving personal injury, a person gets injured during the course and scope of their wrongdoing, such as they break into someone’s house and get bit by the house-owner’s dog. Here, the case is a little bit different because the woman driving the car was intentionally chasing the man down the street, at least it appears that way.
Although the man is being charged for criminal offenses, we’ll see what happens to the woman driving the car down the line.
See the video below for yourself: