Maria Pena, 28, was killed and her three children, ages 7, 5 and 3, sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to reports in the Los Angeles Daily News and CBS, Pena and her three children were crossing in the 12000 block of Mercer Street in Lakeview Terrace the afternoon of February 11, 2011 when they were struck by a pickup truck. Pena was critically injured and the three children sustained moderate injuries. All were transported to a local hospital. Pena died from her injuries.
Tragic Hit-and-Run Car Accident
The suspect vehicle, which drove away from the scene of this fatal car accident, is described as a gray pickup truck with damage to the tailgate area. The driver is described only as a man with spiked hair. Anyone with more information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detectives at 818-644-8028 or 818-644-8037. Anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pena family during the time of their devastating loss. Three young children saw their mother struck and killed. Heartbreaking! These children and other members of the Pena family will certainly be in my prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 104 deaths and 2,716 injuries reported involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. Countywide, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
It makes me mad as *&%$ that this driver left a critically injured woman and three young children lying on the road, injured. How can someone drive away leaving such as trail of destruction? This is the type of hit-and-run car accident that makes my blood boil. These are the kinds of outrageous incidents that led to the start of our dedicated hit-and-run web site, www.hitandrunreward.com.
It is our goal to partner with you, the members of the community, to catch these irresponsible drivers and make sure that justice is done. If you witnessed this horrific incident or have any information about the vehicle or the suspect, please visit our web site to leave a completely anonymous tip. You automatically become eligible for a $1,000 reward, which you will receive if your tip leads to a felony conviction.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Families of hit-and-run car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to determine how their car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is never found or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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