A Los Angeles car accident the night of October 6, 2010 left Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis with severe injuries, the Associated Press reports. The actress was a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car when a driver ran a red light at a Burbank intersection, crashed into Lewis’ car and then drove away without stopping. Lewis suffered head, neck and back injuries, but she is expected to survive. Authorities are on the lookout for the hit-and-run driver who they say abandoned the vehicle not far from the scene of the car accident and fled.
I’m relieved to hear that Lewis’ injuries were not life-threatening. I pray that she recovers quickly and fully from her injuries.
Hit-and-Run Car Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run car accidents that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these hit-and-run car accidents involved injuries. There were a total of 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run car accidents statewide.
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious crime 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.” In this case, the driver also ran a red light, which is a serious traffic violation under California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a).
Putting Hit-and-Run Drivers on Notice
In addition to being an illegal act, leaving the scene of an accident is an appalling act that shows not only cowardice, but a blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of a fellow human being. This driver not only ran a red light and struck the actress’ car, but left her there without even stopping to see what happened. Despicable! I certainly hope this individual is apprehended quickly and brought to justice. If you saw this hit-and-run car accident or have any information, please visit our web site, www.hitandrunreward.com and find out how you can offer a tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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