Gabriel Pompa, 30, was killed in a North Hollywood hit-and-run pedestrian accident early morning June 22, 2009, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Pompa was reportedly struck near the intersection of Satsuma Avenue and Vanowen Street in North Hollywood, Los Angeles police officials said. Officials said they responded after a motorist driving by saw Pompa’s body lying on the street and called 911. So far, no witnesses have contacted police about this fatal hit-and-run accident. However, officials are hoping to get some information about the hit-and-run driver off the cameras in the area. Investigators are looking into how the pedestrian accident may have occurred, but are now saying that there was no marked crosswalk where Pompa was hit.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Pompa for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Pompa. Please keep them in your prayers. I trust police will soon find the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed Pompa and bring him to justice.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2007-sec8.pdf) 90 fatalities and 2,690 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 fatalities and 5,095 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007.
I’m deeply saddened every time I read about a hit-and-run accident in the news. It’s hard to believe that anyone would have the heart to drive away after having just hit someone on the street or not stopping even to provide some minimal aid to the injured victim. California law requires all motorists involved in a traffic accident to stop immediately, exchange information (identification, license, vehicle registration, car insurance) and render aid to the injured victims.
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.”
Gabriel Pompa’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorneys who will analyze all aspects of this accident and make sure they recover fair compensation. Skilled personal injury attorneys will also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on that roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this car versus pedestrian accident. If that was the case, the city or the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident.