A 25-year-old Porter Ranch man was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident after his Harley Davidson was struck by a Ford pickup truck that left the scene, the afternoon of March 10, 2012. According to a KTLA news report, the hit-and-run car accident occurred in the 20900 block of Nordhoff Street near DeSoto Avenue in Chatsworth. Despite wearing a helmet, the victim of this motorcycle collision suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.
Officials say that the driver of the pickup may have sped through a red turn signal on DeSoto when he made a left onto Nordhoff and hit and motorcyclist. The suspect has been described as a Latino man in his 30s with light complexion and a mustache. The vehicle has been described as a Ford F-250 or F-350 pickup truck made in 1999 or 2000. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run accident is asked to contact LAPD officials at 818-644-8032.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this tragic hit-and-run car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 fatalities and 1,248 injuries occurred involving motorcycle accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 83 people were killed and 2,719 were injured in motorcycle accidents, during that same year.
Based on this news report, the driver of the Ford pickup not only turned on a red arrow before striking the motorcycle, but also fled and evaded witnesses who were attempting to stop him. More than anything, the driver here left the critically injured victim on the roadway without care or medical attention. Appalling!
Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is inhumane and irresponsible, as well as illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Holding At-Fault Drivers Accountable
Officials are searching for the driver and pickup involved in this crash. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
The family of a deceased hit-and-run victim would be well advised to speak with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident attorney will better inform families in such cases about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the suspect is not found, or, in a crash where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.