A 37-year-old man walking in a marked crosswalk was killed in a hit-and-run crash the morning of August 12, 2013 in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. KABC News reports that the incident occurred in the 4700 block of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 1 a.m. Police say the pedestrian was using the crosswalk to get to his car when an eastbound vehicle struck him.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect drove away without stopping to help the victim. The hit-and-run vehicle has been described as a 1999-2002 champagne-colored Land Rover Discovery with possible front-end damage. No suspect description is available. Anyone with information is urged to contact the LAPD South Traffic Division at 323-421-2577.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this hit-and-run victim. There is apparently significant outrage among neighbors, justifiably so. Please keep this family and the community in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
California law is clear when it comes to stopping and remaining at the scene of an injury or fatal crash. California Vehicle Code 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.” Most importantly, the driver is required to provide assistance to the injured victim. It may be something as simple as calling 911 to get the victim medical assistance right away, which could, in these types of situations, make the difference between life and death.
I certainly hope officials are able to track down and apprehend this hit-and-run suspect. If you have any information about this incident, the driver or the vehicle involved, please visit our website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Potential Liability Issues
Many residents have also stated that the roadway where this fatal crash occurred has been extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Neighbors say that stretch of Crenshaw District is “like a straight up racetrack.” One other neighbor calls the intersection where the crash occurred “one of the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles.”
If it is determined that a dangerous roadway condition caused this collision, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can also be held liable. Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer who has helped injured clients and their families file claims against governmental agencies. Any claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident, under California Government Code Section 911.2.