Authorities are asking for the public’s help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a woman in the North Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred close to midnight on July 6 near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Plummer Street as the victim was trying to cross the street. A black vehicle, possibly a BMW, was traveling south on Sepulveda and struck the woman sending her body under a parked car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses tried to chase down the driver, who turned right on Nordhoff Street before getting on the 405 Freeway and driving out of sight. Debris from the hit-and-run vehicle were scattered at the scene prompting officials to say it likely had front-end damage. Witnesses say the vehicle was going at 80 mph when the collision occurred. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact LAPD at 1-877-527-3247.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of this woman for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report and witness accounts, it appears that the driver was traveling at twice the speed limit at that location. In addition, the driver left the scene of the crash after striking the woman at the intersection and fatally injuring her. So, in addition to driving at an unsafe speed on a public roadway, the driver also left the scene of a fatal crash, which is a felony under California law.
Motorists have a duty to stop immediately at the scene of a crash and wait for authorities to arrive. They must also exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly, render aid to the injured victims at the scene. In this case, the driver did none of the above. We hope police are able to apprehend this driver and bring him or her to justice.
Justice for Victims’ Families
Families of deceased hit-and-run victims do have legal rights. If the driver is apprehended, they may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him or her. If the driver is not identified, they may still be able to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy. An experienced Los Angeles hit-and-run accident lawyer will be able to help them better understand their options.