Papaivai Masaga, 58, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred the evening of November 26, 2011 as the pedestrian crossed the street to get to his apartment at Carson Senior Village in the 22100 block of South Main Street in Carson. Masaga, who was struck by a Ford Mustang, suffered massive trauma to his head and body. He died shortly afterward. The motorist left the scene of the collision.
Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver
Investigators recovered debris at the location from a 1994-1998 black Ford Mustang. The vehicle was last seen fleeing westbound on 223rd Street. The Mustang sustained significant damage to the front passenger side area. Officials are looking for witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to call the Carson Sheriff’s Station at 310-830-1123 or LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Papaivai Masaga for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 27 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Carson. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Ford Mustang struck Masaga at a high rate of speed and then fled the scene without even stopping to seek assistance for the critically injured victim. What kind of a person strikes and injures someone and then drives away without even stopping? Unconscionable!
I trust officials will soon be able to apprehend this driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This site is our initiative to partner with communities and help law enforcement apprehend such irresponsible motorists. Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is not only an inhumane and irresponsible act, but it is also illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).
Families of hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will be able to inform victims’ families about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver has not been identified, or, in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.