A driver who caused a hit-and-run car accident leaving two people with serious injuries fled the scene on foot, according to a City News Service report.
California Highway Patrol officials say the crash occurred on the northbound 101 Freeway just east of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks late on July 13, 2014.
The vehicle blamed for the wreck was a black 2003 BMW.
Officials say the BMW
collided with a white Honda causing the Honda to spin and overturn. When both vehicles came to rest, the driver of the BMW got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
A 41-year-old Woodland Hills woman and a 32-year-old Santa Clarita man who were occupants of the white Honda suffered major injuries and were taken an area hospital for treatment. Officials were not able to track down the hit-and-run suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the two seriously injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes is trending upward, from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011, the most recent year for which national statistics are available.
The 13.7 percent increase in hit-and-run deaths over that three-year period happened while traffic deaths overall were falling 4.5 percent – from 33,883 in 2009 to 32,367 in 2011.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
Leaving the scene of an injury car accident, in addition to being an inhumane and irresponsible act, is also a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). All motorists are required under the law to stop immediately at the scene of a crash, wait for the authorities to arrive and exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the collision.
We certainly hope that this hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information, please visit our dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Injured victims of hit-and-run crashes are often left facing a number of expenses relating to medical costs and lost wages. This is especially a challenge when there is no one to hold accountable. In such cases, an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims about how the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy will apply. If and when the driver is apprehended, he or she can also be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused.