Police are asking for the public’s help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who left a 91-year-old woman critically injured in a Los Angeles car accident, the evening of February 29, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the major injury collision occurred at the three-way intersection of Broadway, Spring Street and Avenue 18 in the Lincoln Heights area. LAPD officials have described the suspect as a bespectacled Latina who is between 53 and 58 years old, 5 feet 2 and around 170 pounds. The vehicle has been described as a white or beige Toyota or Honda Accord. The car likely has a cracked windshield as well as front bumper damage. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD traffic detectives at 213-972-1852.
My heart goes out to this elderly hit-and-run car accident victim. I sincerely hope she has not suffered catastrophic injuries and pray for her speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
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 Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Based on this news account, it appears that this driver not only ran down a 91-year-old year-old woman who was walking at an intersection, but also left the victim lying on the roadway critically injured, without care or medical attention. Despicable! Leaving the scene of a crash is not only unconscionable, but also against the 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.”
Justice for Injured Victims
I trust that the driver in this case will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Hit-and-run victims and their families are often left facing huge medical bills and other expenses because there is no one yet to hold accountable. Victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and help protect their legal rights and best interests. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise victims about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run motorist is never found, or, in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.