Angelina Calderon Pinedo, 21, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Redondo Beach, which officials say, involved a hit and run driver. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of Jan. 26 in the 1600 block of Aviation Boulevard. Police say Pinedo was in a crosswalk when a vehicle hit her. The driver did not stop and continued traveling south on Aviation Boulevard. Investigators have described the vehicle as a black Audi SUV with the partial license plate number “7MB.” The vehicle has damage to its front windshield and hood, police said.
Authorities said they have interviewed multiple witnesses and are looking through surveillance footage. Pinedo graduated from Rosemead High School in 2015 and was attending San Francisco State University. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Redondo Beach police at 310-379-2477, ext. 2721. The investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Angelina Calderon Pinedo for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle, not only struck and fatally injured Pinedo, who was walking in the crosswalk, but left her lying in the roadway, exposed to further injury and harm. According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Motorists are required to stop immediately, remain at the scene of the crash and render aid to the injured victims. It might be as simple as calling 911. Getting prompt medical attention in hit-and-run cases could make the difference between life and death.
Justice for Victims and Families
Families that have lost loved ones in hit-and-run collisions go through not only emotional trauma as the result of a sudden and untimely loss of a loved one, but also significant financial challenges because they are faced with unexpected expenses such as medical, funeral and burial costs, which can all add up very quickly. The trauma is worsened by the fact that the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended and/or charged.
In such cases, families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit-and-run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help protect their rights. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims’ families regarding how their auto insurance policy might apply to a case where the at-fault driver is not identify or where he or she may be uninsured or underinsured.