A motorist suffered critical injuries in a Downey hit-and-run car accident after a driver crashed into his car on the 105 Freeway the morning of June 11, 2009 and then fled the scene of the car accident. According to an article in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the two-car crash occurred on the eastbound 105 Freeway at Lakewood Boulevard. California Highway Patrol officials the hit-and-run driver was a man who was driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser. He apparently fled on foot after crashing into the other car.
The other driver suffered critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital. A female passenger riding with the hit-and-run driver was not injured. But the suspect left traces of blood in the car apparently from an injury suffered in the crash. CHP officials searched the area by helicopter, but no arrests were made. If you have information about this hit-and-run car accident, please call CHP investigators at 562-868-0503.
My heart goes out to this injured car accident victim. I hope his personal injuries were not catastrophic and that he makes a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers. I trust that this hit-and-run driver will be apprehended and soon brought to justice. Not only does he crash into another car on the freeway injuring its driver, but also he leaves his own passenger, a woman, in the crashed car and flees on foot. Despicable!
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious offense under California law. 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.” The law states that you must stop after a car accident, whether or not that accident was your fault. A driver involved in a car accident is not only required to stop, but the law also states that he or she, if in a position to do so, must render aid to the injured party – even if that only means calling 911.
The family of this injured victim would be well-advised to contact experienced Los Angeles County car accident attorneys, who will fight for his rights and make sure he gets fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages. I would not be surprised if this hit-and-run driver lacks insurance or sufficient insurance. Personal injury attorneys who have a thorough knowledge of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and how it would apply to a hit-and-run car accident will be able to advise victims how the uninsured/underinsured motorist clause of their car insurance policy could compensate them in such cases.