Jose Juan Valenzuela Ramos, 37, was killed in a Los Angles car accident after a speeding minivan hit his car with a force that split it in two the morning of June 8, 2009, according to a Fox News report. The fatal hit and run car accident occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said. Police are still looking for the driver of the maroon minivan, which crashed into Ramos’ Honda Accord and sent a part of the car onto a sidewalk. Eyewitnesses say the minivan was traveling 70 to 75 mph on the city street. Police are looking at two “persons of interest,” but no arrests have been made so far.
My heart goes out to the family of Jose Juan Valenzuela Ramos for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Apparently, the rest of his family is in Mexico and Ramos’ friends are trying to get enough money to send his body back to Mexico. I offer my deepest condolences to all of Ramos’ family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were six fatalities and 278 personal injuries involving car accidents in Lynwood. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 fatalities and 56,475 personal injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car accidents.
I sincerely hope and pray that the reckless, speeding driver who caused Ramos’ death is apprehended and brought to justice. For most of us who drive with safety as a priority, doing 75 mph on a city street is unthinkable. The images that accompany the news report clearly show the devastation caused by this Lynwood car accident. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ramos was killed on impact. The driver who caused this must be held civilly and criminally responsible for what they did.
Hit-and-run is a serious crime under California 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.” California Penal Code section 192 (c) (1) defines “vehicular manslaughter” as such: “…driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony, and with gross negligence; or driving a vehicle in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
The family of Jose Juan Valenzuela Ramos should consult with reputed California car accident attorneys knowledgeable in hit-and-run cases. I would not be surprised one bit if this hit-and-run car accident driver were uninsured/underinsured. If that is the case here, then Ramos’ family may be covered under the uninsured/underinsured clause of any motor vehicle insurance policy that he has benefits under. It is highly advisable to have a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer on your side, who will determine how the uninsured motorist clause of your insurance policy would apply to your car accident case.