Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who they say struck and seriously injured a wheelchair-bound woman in Laguna Hills. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the afternoon of December 17, 2012 near Calle de la Plata and Calle de la Louisa, about a block away from Saddleback Memorial Hospital. The 56-year-old woman suffered broken bones in her legs and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Witnesses told police that they saw the driver stop briefly after the crash and then drive away from the area. The driver was only described as an elderly man. The investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this car accident. I wish her the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were no fatalities, but five injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Laguna Hills, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Countywide, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the car struck a woman who was in a wheelchair and then left her lying on the roadway without even stopping to help. Appalling! What kind of a person would leave an injured, disabled woman lying on the street without care or medical attention? Leaving the scene of a crash is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but also illegal.
California Vehicle Code 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 Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope the driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information, please visit our website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This site is a part of our effort to partner with the community and law enforcement to help catch hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.
Injured victims of hit-and-run crashes are often left without too many options. Victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own auto insurance policies will apply to a hit-and-run accident.