Ye Sook Le, 78, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she was hit by a car while crossing a street in South Los Angeles. The driver, 54-year-old Rochelle Gilmore, initially fled the scene, but later turned herself in. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred October 7, 2009 near the intersection of 79th Street and Western Avenue. Eyewitnesses apparently told Los Angeles police that Le was crossing against a red light when she was struck down with an impact that knocked off her shoes. Gilmore later told police she didn’t remember much of what happened at the accident. Police said Gilmore had the right-of-way, but was arrested for leaving the scene of the accident. Police are still investigating and asking anyone who saw the accident or has additional information to call 213-485-7336.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Ye Sook Le for their heartbreaking loss. Le was apparently on her way home after picking up groceries at the South Los Angeles Food Bank. Tragic! I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Le.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 90 deaths and 2,690 injuries reported in the city of Los Angeles involving pedestrian accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 210 deaths and 5,095 injuries involving pedestrian accidents were reported in 2007.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in the state of California. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “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.”
California Car Accident Liability Issues
The law states that a motorist is required to remain at the scene whether or not the accident was his or her fault. In this case, Gilmore fled the scene of the crash, possibly because she panicked. That is still no excuse for leaving a 78-year-old woman injured on the street! Police say this pedestrian accident was Le’s fault because she crossed against a red light. However, if I were a member of Le’s family, I would want that investigated further. As car accident lawyers, we often find that initial or preliminary investigations do not bring forth all the facts of the case. Sometimes, initial findings are way off base and even inaccurate.
In any serious accident case, it would be in the victim’s or their family’s best interests to consult an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the case and help determine whether the accident may have been caused as a result of someone else’s negligence. If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any such claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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