A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in West Covina after a driver struck her as she was crossing the street. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Azusa and Francisquito avenues early morning on September 28, 2017. Police say someone called 911 and reported an injured pedestrian. Officers who arrived at the scene found the woman on the street. Paramedics transported her to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Officials said the woman was crossing Azusa Avenue in a crosswalk when a northbound vehicle struck her. The driver did not stop. Police say they do not have a driver description. But the vehicle is described as a light-colored compact vehicle. This is the second pedestrian killed this week in West Covina. On September 25, Lan Lan Thai was struck and killed when she was walking at the intersection of Cortez Street and Magnolia Avenue. In that case, the driver stopped and told officials they were temporarily blinded by the glare from the rising sun and failed to see Thai crossing the street.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of both pedestrian accident victims. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, in the most recent case, the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk when the vehicle not only struck her, but the driver left the scene of the crash. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a), drivers are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. In addition, California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires drivers to stop and remain at the scene of an injury or fatal crash. They must also exchange pertinent information with other parties and most importantly, get help for the injured victim.
Injured victims of hit and run crashes or families that have lost loved ones in such accidents often face emotional and financial burdens. They may be left with mounting medical expenses, funeral costs or the loss of a family member’s income. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims or families about how the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy might be able to cover some of their losses in a hit and run crash where the driver hasn’t been apprehended or in cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.