The family of 68-year-old Maria “Carmen” Chavarria of La Mirada is asking for the public’s help to find the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed her the afternoon of Feb. 20 as she was walking home with her two grandchildren. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the driver, who witnesses say, was using a cell phone, struck the three pedestrians and fled the scene. Chavarria died at a hospital and her two grandchildren were injured.
On March 26, her family and local officials asked for the public’s help to identify the hit-and-run driver. The city of La Mirada is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Chavarria’s daughter, Jeannette Chavarria, said she needs justice for her mother and asked the driver to “do the right thing.” Deputies say they know that the driver is a man, but have no further description of him.
Tragic Hit-and-Run Collision
A short surveillance video released by the sheriff’s department doesn’t show the collision, but shows the woman and her grandchildren walking in the 14800 block of Escalona Road in La Mirada just before the collision. The car has been described by officials as a 2015 to 2017 dark gray Toyota Camry, which was also captured on camera. The car was seeing headed north on Escalona Road. Police say the front fender on the passenger side and the headlight were damaged.
They suspect that the car may have been repaired or sold by now. Jeanette Chavarria also said both her children were injured and taken to a hospital. Hers son, she said, was treated and released and her daughter spent a night at the hospital. The investigation is ongoing. She also said her children are emotionally devastated by their grandmother’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.
We offer our deepest condolences to Maria Chavarria’s family, which has obviously been devastated by this tragedy.
Justice for Families
In such cases where the driver has not been identified, families of deceased hit-and-run victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can also advise them about how their own auto insurance policy might be able to provide compensation in cases where the hit-and-run driver is not found or in cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.