Yolanda Archuleta, 51, was killed in a Long Beach car accident, which officials say involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a City News Service report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of June 9, 2012 at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Linden Avenue. Officers found Archuleta lying on the roadway. She was transported to a hospital where she died from her injuries. A black, four-door Honda was westbound on Anaheim Street when it struck the victim who was attempting to cross Anaheim and get to the west side of Linden Avenue.
The car stopped and both the driver and passenger got out and walked over to the injured victim before getting back in the vehicle and driving away, officials said. The suspect vehicle had moderate to major front-end damage and a broken headlight. The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s wearing a white shirt. The passenger is described as a Hispanic woman with shoulder-length hair. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to contact Long Beach police at 562-570-7355.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Yolanda Archuleta for their devastating loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Nine fatalities and 211 injuries occurred involving pedestrian accidents in Long Beach during the year 2009, according to the most recent statistics available from the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news article, the driver and passenger of the Honda that struck Archuleta got out from their car, saw the victim lying on the roadway injured, but then proceeded to drive away – without securing medical assistance for the victim. Appalling!
Not only is leaving the scene of an injury car accident an inhumane and irresponsible act, 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
I trust officials will soon be able to apprehend these individuals and bring them to justice. If you have any information, 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. This is a part of our effort to partner with the community and help law enforcement officials catch hit-and-run drivers.
In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims’ families about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found or in cases where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.