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Hit-and-Run Collision in Koreatown Kills Pedestrian

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A 61-year-old woman sustained fatal injuries in a Los Angeles car accident after she was struck by a vehicle at an intersection in Koreatown, ABC News reports. The fatal pedestrian collision occurred the night of May 17, 2010, when the woman was crossing the street at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Manhattan Place. She died at the scene. The driver fled the scene of the crash. Those who saw the crash apparently told police that the suspect vehicle was a white sedan. Anyone with more information is asked to call LAPD at 213-382-9102.

My heart goes out to this deceased victim’s family. They have indeed suffered a tremendous loss. This grieving family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Hit-and-Run Statistics

According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these car accidents involved injuries. There were 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run collisions.

Violations of the law

Hit-and-Run or leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code 20001 (a). In this particular case, I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver yielded right-of-way to the pedestrian who is said to have been crossing at an intersection.

California Vehicle Code section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Liability Issues

In this case, if an investigation determines that a dangerous roadway contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Any such claim against a public entity in California must be filed within six months of an incident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.

Have you ever been in a hit-and-run collision? What was your experience? We would like to hear from you.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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