Police are looking for a driver who they say caused a car accident in Orange after running a red light and hitting a 9-year-old girl who was walking in a crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the hit-and-run crash occurred at the intersection of West Collins Avenue and North Glassell Street, the afternoon of September 19, 2012. Police say the girl was walking with her 10-year-old brother. The children had waited on the northeast corner of the intersection for the light to change. They were walking southbound in the crosswalk wen the driver of the sedan went through a red light and struck the girl who was about 5 feet from the curb.
She sustained bruises on her face and was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Witnesses told police that the driver stopped briefly about 100 yards west of the intersection and then drove away. The vehicle has been described as a dark sedan, which has damage on its passenger side and a broken window. Anyone who saw this accident or has information about the driver is asked to contact Orange police at 714-744-7444.
My heart goes out to the young victim of this pedestrian collision. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
There were 147 fatalities and 19,009 injuries reported as a result of hit-and-run car accidents in California in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Of those, 83 fatalities and 2,104 injuries involved pedestrians.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news article, the driver not only ran a red light and failed to yield the right of way to the children in the crosswalk, but also fled the scene of the collision, leaving a young victim lying on the roadway. Appalling! This driver had a legal obligation to stop, remain at the scene of the crash and render aid to the victim. 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.”
I trust officials are soon able to track down this driver and hold him or her accountable. If you saw this collision or have information, please visit our website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and also become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Victims of such collisions would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run incident where the driver has not been found, or, in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.