Two children ages 6 and 10 have suffered critical injuries as a result of a Los Angeles car accident after their vehicle was struck by an SUV at a Bellflower intersection. According to an Associated Press news report, the SUV was stolen in Torrance and the driver refused to stop at a sobriety checkpoint in Long Beach the morning of October 18, 2009.
The SUV then drove through the checkpoint and caused a three-car crash in Bellflower. Police say two cousins were injured as a result and were taken to a neighboring hospital in critical condition. The three men in the stolen SUV fled the scene of the crash, but were arrested shortly afterward. The 19-year-old driver has been charged with hit-and-run driving causing death or injury. Two others were held for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
My heart goes out to these two young children and their families for the pain and suffering they must be going through. I wish these two children the very best for a quick and complete recovery. They will certainly be in my prayers.
Car Accident Statistics for Bellflower
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six deaths and 358 injuries involving car accidents in Bellflower, California. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this news report, the three men in the stolen SUV were trying to avoid a DUI sobriety checkpoint and caused this horrific collision. There’s no question that these men must be held responsible both, civilly and criminally for the accident and injuries caused to these little girls. Moreover, these men also fled the scene of the crash. Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in California.
California Hit-and-Run Accident Laws
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.”
The family of these young injury accident victims would be well-advised to consult an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer who will make sure the wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions. A skilled Long Beach personal injury attorney will also be able to tell these victims’ families about how their own car insurance will apply to a hit-and-run accident or one involving an uninsured or underinsured driver. The best personal injury law firms will offer a free consultation to injured victims and their families.
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