A 57-year-old woman and her 5-year-old foster son were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say involved a hit-and-run driver. According to KABC news report, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Broadway and 41st Street outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on May 4, 2012. Police say the woman and the child were seriously injured and were hospitalized, but are expected to survive. The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Steve Smith fled the scene. Smith apparently abandoned his silver 1991 Toyota Previa at the scene and fled on foot. Officials are still looking for Smith whom they describe as a black man, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call 1-877-527-3247.
My heart goes out to the injured woman and the young child, the victims of this hit-and-run car accident, for what they are going through at this time. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries involving Los Angeles pedestrian accidents. Countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 179 lives and injured 4,918 people, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver, Smith, not only struck and seriously injured the woman and the young child, but got out of his car and ran away from the scene instead of attempting to help the injured victims. Despicable! 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.”
Compensation for Hit-and-Run Victims
Officials are searching for Smith, the hit-and-run driver in this case. If you have any information about this accident or the driver, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and also become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Hit-and-run victims are often left holding the bills after a car accident. Car accident victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled accident attorney will better inform injured victims in such cases about how their own auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the suspect is not found, or, in a crash where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.