Hyun Sheen, 57, was killed in an Orange County car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, early morning on February 26, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Lake Forest Drive in Lake Forest. Sheen lost control of her 2006 Honda Civic and crashed into the center divider. The car veered across traffic lanes and came to rest on the freeway shoulder. Police say Sheen exited the Honda, apparently disoriented, and was walking when she was hit by another vehicle. She died at the scene. The other vehicle did not stop. Officials do not have a make and model for the hit-and-run vehicle, but say it would have damage to the front bumper, hood and windshield.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Hyun Sheen for their tragic and devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic hit-and-run car accident.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 10 were injured in Lake Forest pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 31 fatalities and 785 injuries reported due to Orange County pedestrian accidents.
Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident
Based on this news report, Sheen walked out of her damaged vehicle and officials believe she may have stepped into traffic lanes when she was hit. It is appalling to think that this driver struck and killed a person, and then sped away without even stopping to see what happened. Leaving the scene of a car accident, especially when someone has been injured, is an inexcusable act in my book. “I panicked” or “I was scared,” simply aren’t good enough excuses.
The law requires motorists to stop and remain at the scene of a car accident – regardless of whose fault the accident may have been. 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.”
Officials are searching for the driver and vehicle involved in this pedestrian accident. I trust they will soon apprehend this individual and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our web site regarding Hit-and-run rewards where you can leave an anonymous tip and instantly become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
The family of a deceased hit-and-run car accident victim would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the family’s legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney should also advise families about how their own car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is never identified or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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