Teresa Pimentel, 72, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials report, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 11700 block of Foothill Boulevard in Lakeview Terrace, the night of December 12, 2011. Los Angeles police say Pimentel was crossing the street when a vehicle hit her. The motorist did not stop at the scene of the crash and kept driving. Pimentel was transported to a local hospital where she died the following morning. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to contact LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8115.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Teresa Pimentel for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 179 lives and injured 4,918 people, during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle struck the elderly woman and drove away without even stopping to help her. Appalling! Not only is leaving the scene of a crash inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal. 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.”
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
If you have any information about the hit-and-run vehicle or the driver please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward. This web site is part of our effort to partner with the community and help hold hit-and-run motorists accountable.
Families of hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to inform families about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run motorists has not been identified, or, in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.