Police in Tarzana are looking for a hit-and-run driver who they say struck and killed 55-year-old Charles Ernest Lawson when he was crossing a city street on November 10, 2008. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Lawson was crossing Oxnard Street near Donna Avenue when he was hit by a mid-sized car traveling eastbound. Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11/10/08 crash.
People who witnessed the horrific incident apparently saw the hit-and-run driver “stopping momentarily” before driving away. The hit-and-run suspect is described as a “man of Middle Eastern descent about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 200 pounds with brown hair balding on top.” The man is also said to have been wearing glasses and a brown or khaki flannel jacket at the time of the crash. If you have any information about this driver, please call LAPD Officer Scott DeWitt at 818-644-8027.
My heart goes out to the members of Charles Ernest Lawson’s family, who have suffered a tragic loss. They will certainly be in my prayers. I sincerely hope this hit-and-run driver is apprehended, brought to justice and held responsible for this despicable act of negligence and his utter disregard for a fellow human being.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS), there were 104 pedestrian accident fatalities in 2006 in the City of Los Angeles and 2,658 pedestrian accident related injuries.
The family of Charles Ernest Lawson would be well-advised to consult an experienced Southern California pedestrian accident attorney, who will help them obtain the maximum monetary compensation for their heartbreaking loss. They could also be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, pain and suffering as well as loss of current and future wages.
A knowledgeable auto accident lawyer will also advise them whether they could be compensated through the “uninsured” or “underinsured” clause of Lawson’s auto insurance policy. This clause may help to cover expenses if the hit and run driver is not found, or if he is found and has no or insufficient insurance coverage. Not many know that even if the victim does not have an auto insurance policy, he or she may be covered under the policy of someone else in his or her household. The best attorneys will always offer a free initial consultation.