Officials in Boyle Heights are asking for the public’s help to find a hit-and-run driver who left a nun seriously injured on the roadway.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the nun, 69-year-old Raquel Diaz, was in the crosswalk at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue walking to mass when a vehicle traveling southbound on North Evergreen Avenue struck her.
Officials said the driver did not stop even to help the injured nun, but continued
driving southbound. Diaz was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The suspect’s vehicle has only been described as a black truck.
No suspect description has been provided. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this hit-and-run is asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713.
Community members in that neighborhood are asking the city to put a traffic light up in the dimly lit area, which they say is even more dangerous because of drivers speeding by.
An Epidemic in Los Angeles
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sister Diaz who is the Director of Religious Education at the Church of Assumption where she was headed at the time of the collision. According to the report, she has served as a nun for more than 50 years. Parishioners say she dedicated her life to the church and teaching children.
The problem of drivers leaving the scene of an accident in Los Angeles has risen to epidemic proportions. Nearly half of all fatal traffic accidents in the city involve hit-and-run drivers and many of these remain unsolved.
On April 15, the Los Angeles City Council created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust offering a reward of up to $25,000 “to anyone who provides information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension and conviction of resolution through a civil compromise.”
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
At Bisnar Chase, we have a Hit-and-Run Reward Program, which gives community members to offer anonymous tips and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. All these are efforts to ensure that we hold these wrongdoers accountable.
What kind of a person strikes and injures a nun, a child, an elderly person or anyone for that matter and drive away without affording them the basic human decency of checking on them or helping them? Of course, leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony crime under California law.
As Los Angeles personal injury lawyers who represent the rights of hit-and-run victims, we know first-hand the emotional and financial challenges these individuals and their families face. They are often saddled with significant expenses such as medical bills while being unable to work.
They lack closure because, often, the perpetrator is still at large. We hope in this case that the hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice.