A teenager was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which police believe, was caused by a man driving under the influence of alcohol. The LA Daily News reports that the teen boy was riding his bicycle at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Chamberlain Street in Pacoima early morning on October 2, 2010, when a 2007 Saturn driven by 26-year-old Shawn Fields, struck him.
The boy was thrown off his bike and across the intersection. Fields left the scene of the car accident but was later tracked down by the authorities with the assistance of witnesses. The injured bicyclist, whom officials have not identified, was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Fields has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the fatally injured teenager. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic hit-and-run car accident.
DUI and Hit-and-Run
What kind of person fatally injures someone and then drives away without calling for help? According to officials, the driver, Fields, was under the influence at the time. That could have well been the reason why he fled the scene without even stopping to help a critically injured teenager, who was lying in the middle of an intersection, exposed to further danger. Fields, if found guilty, should definitely be held accountable both, criminally and civilly for his cruel, selfish and negligent actions.
Violations of the Law
The driver in this case violated more than one law. 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.” In this case, the authorities also believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
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